The connection between substance abuse and sexual exploitation has been well established. For some individuals, drug use begins at some point during their sexual exploitation, and quickly becomes a way to cope with the violence and fear in their lives. 275 more words
A courageous survivor and true example of moving forward from traumatization! This young woman (like many in this situation) experienced dismissal (even blame) from her school, family members, and little support from the legal system. She is speaking out and choosing not to remain a victim. Healing is a process and finding strength in one's self is a large component in moving from victim to survivor. Being believed and supported is a very large piece of the healing process for victims of sexual trauma. This story is profound due to this young woman's courage, in the face nonsupport. She had the courage to share her story originally and I am hopeful it will be shared many times over for her and other survivors of sexual traumatization.