Kristina's Story

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"The goal of my group at West Chester University is to not only give hope to others, but also give the members and opportunity to spread their own hope. "

For awhile after I was raped, I felt as though I had no voice, and I felt as though my body wasn’t mine anymore. I felt as though I was deceived, always being told, the police were there to protect you, then why weren’t they protecting me?

The only way I discovered to cope was to completely escape. That was when I decided to travel to Peru and live there for three months, it was the most amazing experience of my life, but I knew what was waiting for me at home.

On the one year anniversary of my attack when Ashley came to speak, she truly inspired me. She reminded me that I do have a voice, and my voice matters, regardless of what my attacker or the police said. And my body is mine, he does not deserve control over me.

The recovery process is hard, but through advocating for myself and spreading hope onto others I am learning to heal. The goal of my group at West Chester University is to not only give hope to others, but also give the members and opportunity to spread their own hope. As I believe sticking together and supporting each other is what we all need.

Although all our stories may not be the same, we can come together and make a difference. Know that you are not alone, and that you, my darling, are enough.