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By Anonymous

      Touching or kissing you against your will, covering up your screams, and forcing you to perform sexual acts are all precursors to rape. Rape is the crime of having sexual intercourse with a person without his or her consent. One in four women will experience a sexual assault or an attempted sexual assault by the time she graduates from college. But only about five percent of victims tell the police. Why don’t women report these violent acts? Is it fear? Fear that their life could be scarred more than it already has been? Most women are afraid that if they tell it will deepen the damage that has already been done, or that it will cause the assailant to hurt them in an even more violent way.

This happened to me. I was sexually assaulted, and if I hadn’t told anyone, it could have led to rape. At first I kept quiet. My uncle would make sexual remarks and touch me in ways that made me uncomfortable, but I didn’t say anything. I was afraid that if I told, he would hurt me. For a while I kept silent, but that only made things worse.

He continued to mistreat me until I told my best friend. She said that the same thing had happened to her and she never told. Now every day she has to face the fact that she hadn’t stopped those small signs that gradually increased and ended in her being raped.

Since I didn’t want this to happen to me, I told my parents. They reported my uncle to the police, and he was later arrested for raping another young girl. I now can accept that what he did was wrong and that I made the right decision to tell.

You don’t have to cope with sexual mistreatment from others. You don’t have to be crushed and left to feel as if you are two inches tall. Hearing my friend’s story helped me to speak out about what was happening to me. All young women and men in this situation should do the same. If you speak out, you can make a difference.

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i love this so much!

on Jun. 5 2015 at 1:49 pm
thatgothgirluknow BRONZE, Sebastian, Florida
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i was sexualy assalted repeatedly for 3 mounths straight by my own boy friend before i was raped but i ever told the police i think that allot of the reason i didnt go to the police was because i loved him and i thought he loved me and i also loved his family they protected me and at the time i needed that but im glad i didnt tell the police or anyone at first thats not to say i think people should avoid telling the police but because it happened to me now i understand and can help people by telling them what happened to me

Cindy Dinh said...
on Jan. 28 2015 at 1:57 pm
Cindy Dinh, San Jose, California
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Thank you for getting this out to the world.

on Feb. 20 2013 at 11:54 pm
Mollybug16 BRONZE, Cleveland, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
Impossible is not a word, it's just a reason for someone not to try.

sorry bout the misspellings.

on Feb. 20 2013 at 11:53 pm
Mollybug16 BRONZE, Cleveland, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
Impossible is not a word, it's just a reason for someone not to try.

I told and it ended he got arrested but hes out now. Everyday is scary for me. He never even got convicted justa couple daysin jail.  It totally ruined me. Moving piece though made me ralize I can use my experiences to help others.

Legumes said...
on Feb. 5 2012 at 12:41 am
Legumes, Germantown, Tennessee
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You're brave to share this story, and I know how it feels... I've never reported it, but I was lucky enough to have it stop. I pray for the girls who don't tell anyone.

on Jan. 18 2012 at 2:29 pm
MarleyRainbow PLATINUM, Valles MInes, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
one good thing about music is, when it hits you, you feel no pain.

things like this should never happen, I never spoke out.

wtfr said...
on Nov. 9 2011 at 1:31 pm
omg hi and i feel really bad for you this happened to my friend

Kassity SILVER said...
on Sep. 26 2011 at 8:47 pm
Kassity SILVER, Lansing, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
Not all scars show, not all wounds heal, sometimes you cant always see, the pain someone feels.

this is an amazing story. it makes me feel better to know that some people are gettting help about these things. i told someone and the police did nothing.

on Sep. 26 2011 at 3:33 pm
clumsyteardropper SILVER, Roslyn, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"You can't help others, if you yourself need help" -my sister ;) love it!

this was written with such conviction... and it makes a reader that has to go through that really realize that you must tell someone.  ive been through that... i never told anyone.  it's recked my life.  i should have just spoke up...

on Jul. 22 2011 at 9:03 pm
IAmWhoIWantToBe PLATINUM, Manila, Other
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Favorite Quote:
‎"I’m learning how to drown out the constant noise that is such an inseparable part of my life. I don’t have to prove anything to anyone. I only have to follow my heart and concentrate on what I want to say to the world: I run my world." - Beyoncé

I don't want that to happen to me and I agree when you said that we need to speak out. Hope you get better... 

Navidad15 said...
on Aug. 23 2010 at 11:43 pm
Navidad15, Aurora, Colorado
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This happen to me and it took me  6 moths to tell my parents that i was touch by my own brther-in-law(my sister's husand).

on Jul. 20 2010 at 9:19 pm
SwimAngel BRONZE, Olive Branch, Mississippi
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Favorite Quote:
"Life sucks. And then you die. I should be so lucky," - Jacob Black

wow. very inspiring. thank you

on Jun. 21 2010 at 8:38 pm
alanacarlene DIAMOND, Mexia, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
Silence screams too honestly and loudly.
-Alex (aka GangstaEyes)
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two equals four.
-Winston Smith '1984'
Don't go wishin' your life away...
-Daddy S2
"What a drag it was to be limited by reality."

This piece was very good! That must have been so incredibly scary and I couldn't imagine anything like that happening to me. This reminds me of Lovely Bones. I'm so glad that you told someone! I'm sure it must've been hard but you are very inspiring person! Thank you.

on Jun. 21 2010 at 6:45 pm
EternalAlexandra BRONZE, Spring Hill, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.” - Dr. Seuss

You are truly an inspiring person and I think that its great that you had the courage to tell someone, 

on Jun. 21 2010 at 12:55 pm
PrincessPineapple GOLD, Chesapeake, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"To love someone is to learn the song that is in their heart, and sing it to them when they have forgotten." ~unknown

this is good! it is a message that should be heard by everyone

on Nov. 8 2009 at 10:00 pm
CaseyLeigh PLATINUM, Moraga, California
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Favorite Quote:
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to.

This is an incredibly inspiring piece.

on Mar. 31 2009 at 1:57 am
annkaykay2011 DIAMOND, Lansing, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"I am who I am, sorry, no changes."

Very brave and strong.

on Mar. 30 2009 at 1:55 pm
daisha colvin BRONZE, Lakeview, South Carolina
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dear anonymous, you are incredibly brave for this article. i really hope that it will inspire other females , or even males.

leesunyour12 said...
on Feb. 25 2009 at 12:01 am
I think you are incredibly brave to share this story.