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Reader Stories: I Was Raped

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It's estimated that many, many more women are raped or sexually assaulted than statistics show. Why don't more women come forward? Because there continues to be a stigma surrounding rape. Far too many women feel ashamed, blame themselves, and believe that somehow it's their fault -- that they did something wrong. Whether you've kept what happened a secret, or you pursued legal action against your perpetrator, what happened to you is not your fault. Tell your story here and help other women dealing with the same issues and feelings of self-doubt. No woman deserved to be raped, no matter what the situation. No means no.

No one believed me

I could not really speak for three days, felt like I was walking in Jello, never really explained to my family as they immediately blamed me before I could even begin to describe the events. The doct…More

After being raped at 14, still recovering years later

Once he was finished he just walked out and left me. I was so shocked and shaking like a leaf. When he returned he apologised for beating me like usual but nothing was said about the rape. I was so c…More

He was a "counselor" who raped, manipulated me

I was so tight and frozen during the rape, that I could barely walk out of the place. He said, "You'll bleed a little, so be careful when you get home." He wanted to know when I would be 18. The odd …More

Sexually assaulted while traveling in another country

I was very inexpereinced with men. For the first few minutes in the cafe, I was captivated by the charm of this man, and also sort of amazed at my "luck"--here I was in France, with a Frenchman tryin…More

I kept quiet for years

After, I couldn’t breathe.I had sharp rib pain & I stopped crying because it hurt too much to cry. My arms were bruised. I hurt all over. Al said no matter what I do I can’t take that nig…More

It happened when I was 9

I did nothing about it as I was too naive to understand what happened to me. How do you tell someone when the words don't exist to you?It all ended when my mother caught them having a profanity ridde…More

Betrayed by a "friend" who then became "suicidal"

I was so broken and upset at the reality that I had called him my friend. I told him that he had taken more than just something physical. He had betrayed my trust and that I would never be able to r…More

I don't trust people anymore

I didn't tell the police. The only people I told were my friends and I confronted the bitch that raped me and he said I was lying to get some money out of him. And my friends were confused because th…More

Affected my relationship with my son until I sought help

After three months he was the same. I told him I just was not mature enough to handle a serious relationship and needed to take some years and pursue my preforming arts in school and counseling for s…More

Remembering a Childhood Incident

It didn’t occur to me, or any of us, to tell anyone what had happened. But when that boy’s mother asked where the baseball cap came from, he told her the whole story and she called my mot…More

I've never told anyone but my husband

For years, I had blamed myself for what happened. I lived in fear when being left alone with men. I was so afraid to tell my husband when I first meant him that I had been raped because I was afrai…More

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