Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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  • You’re right: it was difficult. My traumatic experiences inside the mental health system kept me a part of it for much too long. I stayed quiet for so long I lost myself. I believed what they said of me, and so I became what they expected.
    And then one day I met a pair of amazing, beautiful, feisty survivors. They taught me that there is nothing wrong with me. They taught me that I am worth loving. That sounds so simple and cliche, but it is more powerful than any medication or treatment.
    I can never repay those first survivors I met because they truly led me back into life- into actually being *glad* I’m alive. It has been almost 10 years since I met them, and I still marvel at the very basic and profound impact they’ve had on my life. I can only hope that one day I have the opportunity to show someone else that they are also beautiful.
    Reading your story and the following comments make it clear you’ve impacted other survivors in similarly powerful ways. I hope that you realize how amazing you are and how much you are appreciated.

  • This brings back such memories.
    I was so extremely lucky. While I had to watch my friends be sexually abused, I was only ever threatened with it. I also had a friend die from”improper restraint” while hospitalized, and another one die while escaping… No one would believe the “crazy girl” when she said staff was raping her, so she escaped. She made it about 75 yards before being hit & killed by a car. It still never occurred to anyone that the reason she was so desperate to escape just days before she was supposed to get out was because she had been telling the truth.

    It’s interesting to me how vehemently people who have not been in the system deny the abuses that occur within it. Even if they will believe individual stories (which is unlikely in itself), they always consider it an outlier, not representative of the system as a whole. They couldn’t be more wrong.

    Thank you for sharing your story and working to help create change. It is badly needed.