Today CNN Health reported, “Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence Can Damage Long-Term Mental Health”. No Shit Sherlock. Does that finding surprise anyone?
Yet it’s so common for people to say to the victim, “Why can’t you move on? Be happy.”
Well, one reason why is … the victim hasn’t found peace with being attacked. They need to reclaim their value.
You see most attackers kill the spirit of their victim, hence leaving them in a state of purgatory, feeling numb, lost, worthless. Not quite whole.
That’s how I felt after being attacked.
I wanted my life back, as it was earlier in the day before being attacked. But that’s impossible, and I found it equally impossible to accept my new identity, a victim.
But how does one move forward beyond victimhood? It takes one step at a time.
If you can relate to my story, please know you are not alone. In that simple reality, have comfort. I understand your pain.
I also know the challenges of creating a peaceful and powerful new life, and I happily say that it can be done. Plus, when you succeed at letting go of all the shit that someone else forced you to carry, you’ll know that life is amazingly beautiful, like a butterfly.
Don’t give up on your life. It’s never too late to discover who you were meant to be.