I was touched when I was 12…

Dedication: To other people who have experienced assault, speak up. Don't let your voice go unheard.

Trigger warning: Before reading this post, please be aware that it contains references to childhood sexual assault.

I was 12 when It happened. When I met him. He was cooler, older, funny and accepted me for who I was. He called me beautiful and pretty constantly and eventually asked for inappropriate pictures. I trusted him, so I gave him what he wanted.

He eventually wanted to meet up to do some ‘stuff’. So I lied to my parents and went out to see him in the woods near my school.

I was terrified. He touched me in places I didn’t want to be touched and I didn’t know how to properly say “no”.

It took me weeks to tell somebody. But I did, and boy am I glad I did sooner than later.

I’m still currently in the criminal law justice process (It takes 2-3 years to go to court)

But I am definitely on my way to getting the justice I know I deserve.

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At 12 I was battling depression, anxiety, OCD, and an eating disorder. I'm glad I got to share my story with other women and girls out there :)