I was fourteen. I’d never even kissed a boy. I was afraid of not getting home in time for my curfew. So…I got in the car with a guy that was headed back home to the area where I lived and he raped me. The events to follow after that night led me into a life of trying to win the love and trust of my father and finally realizing that would never happen and then ….to just pretending the rape never happened…but it did.
The effects of sexual assault are long lasting and ongoing. Many survivors never tell their stories until many years later after the assault. I know this truth firsthand and the effects of living with the shame and insecurity that follow a rape. I walked away and never got any form of counseling which resulted in some of the unhealthy relationships in my past. This Thursday, June 14th 6:30-9pm …I will be one of the many vendors setting up at the historical Taylor-Grady House in Athens, GA. Kathryn Keith Sims has been hard at work getting vendors for this event she’s calling: A Classic City Evening Of Shopping And Giving. A portion of the nights’ proceeds will benefit the Piedmont Rape Crisis Center which uses a holistic model that encourages survivors of sexual assault to find their best path to healing. I’m attaching the event flyer with the details and hope to see many of my friends there. I’ll be on the porch! Come say hello!