Being a survivor of sexual violence, you feel alone. You might even have a great support system but you still can feel alone.
When I have done speaking engagements in the past, there have been some times when I have had survivors come up to me and thank me for sharing my story because they have gone through something similar. If I am ever feeling alone, at that moment, I know I am not. I know that I am not the only that this has happened to. There are millions others that have gone through this.
Did you know that every 107 seconds that another American is sexually assaulted. That is just about 2 minutes. So for every hour in a day there is 30 people assaulted. That’s 720 people in a 24 hour period. That is disgusting and scary.
I read an article today that was about a sexual assault survivor, Sofia Karasek. She was in the film the hunting ground and also made a huge impact at the Oscars a few years ago with Lady Gaga and Joe Biden.
Sofia was sexually assaulted during her freshman year of college while on a weekend retreat for a club she was part of. After she shares her story, she opens up as to how she felt about everything she has gone through up until most recent. The one thing that she said really struck me. “I would much rather have not met Lady Gaga or Brie Larson if it meant I didn’t have to experience what I have. We’re not lucky — we have survived and that’s why we were there.” I must say that is so true.
After I was assaulted, I was left on the side of the road, which I have no recollection. What would have happen if the woman who saw me did not call 911. Where would I be? That piece is actually very difficult for me to imagine.
But when it comes down to it, Sofia, along with Gaga and Biden, and all of the other survivors truly make me feel not alone when it comes my rape. I hope what all the actions that survivors take to make a difference, and hopefully even what I do can help someone facing assault or rape realize they are not alone.
Check out Sofia’s story below.