Greetings to our growing worldwide audience. Pick a place and we're there:
Mountain View, CA.
Link us everywhere you can, because word of mouth really does work.
No word today on one social service rent/utility help program. We have a phone interview on Thursday for the other one. Another friend told us earlier today that they couldn't help us out temporarily with rent if necessary. We said that's ok. The last thing we want to do is add to your stress. At this point, we have no other sources that could help ongoing with these.
There's lots of anger and at times despair. The ulgy truth in our case:
We told the "parents" about being raped. We told the truth and they chose to do nothing. In many states, it's possible to be prosecuted for failing to report a sick crime like this.
No comfort in any way. No apologies. Nothing.
We've decided that it's not worth it to be treated like shit by a bully just to get their temporary money. We're taking things in 30 second segments.
How do you deal with your symptoms? Do you feel like someone (or anyone) will acknowledge that you're a rape survivor and you exist? Do you still have flashbacks and physical pain? Do you carry a weapon or keep one by your bed just in case?
There's some news right now about rape cases in the military (both men and women survivors). Again, both men and women. Both deserve to be heard. Also, a reporter in Egypt was sexually assaulted. We hope everything will work out for all of these people.
But, we also hope that all of them will be given the respect they deserve to be heard and then to hopefully start to heal.
30% of the population in the States has some form of PTSD. This is a fact and it's not going to go away. No matter how you spin it or where you hide it in the back of some "official govt. study".
Ignoring trama only makes it worse.