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#402127 - 06/29/12 07:50 AM Whom has shared their sexual abuse in RL?
SamV Offline
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This is an offshoot idea from another post Can Others See Our Trauma?.

The idea of this topic is to understand how survivors communicate in real life(RL). I have shared my story with some and almost all of them have been abused sexually, and I am confident there are others out there whom have shared with you as well. Would you tell this community of your experience as you have shared, and others have shared with you?

My experience:

  • I was beginning recovery, researching with my wife using the book Working With Adult Incest Survivors, and she disclosed to me that she was sexually abused by her uncle. We had been married for over 20 years.
  • While staying at a married friend's house, I talked with the woman's father, and he shared that he was abused by his uncle.
  • The woman of the house in the story above was raped when she was a teenager.
  • In speaking about spiritual things, I disclosed to a man after about an hour and a half of good conversation. He immediately disclosed that he too had been abused.
  • I met with a survivor from MS in a restaurant and he and I talked about issues in recovery.
  • My best friend and the manager of the place I work disclosed that he was molested by an adult when he was about 8 or 9.
  • I have told all of these people I was abused.

I look forward to your shares,

Sam



Edited by sasuva (06/29/12 08:39 AM)
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#402156 - 06/29/12 03:03 PM Re: Whom has shared their sexual abuse in RL? [Re: SamV]
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My abuse occurred by a stranger who stalked and abducted me while I was lost and alone. So right from the get go, my parents knew, the cops new, my teachers new etc.

My mom spent days even weeks on the phone telling the whole town, co-opting my pain and robbing me of the chance to comfortably disclose on my own. Oops.

I told my childhood best friend at some point long ago and he said I figured as much. Ouch.

I mentioned it to my mother-in-law because I knew she'd been severely physically abused by at least one husband and we didn't get along too good so I though maybe we'd sort of bond. She said absolutely nothing. Uh-Oh.

My wife knows and she's known for a long time since my fucked-up personality is a major unwanted commodity. She is supportive but even she has said one more arrest and she's gone. Oh God.

My childhood friend dropped in to see me in Seattle with all kinds of duty free booze from Canada and at about 3 am he told me he was made to suck is brother's dick by the brother. I was supportive but inside I was disappointed. Was everyone I knew as fucked up as me? How depressing. Oh No!

The thing is my "secret" was hiding in plain sight all my life. I got sexually molested. We called the cops. They never found him. Case closed. Move on. Why are you so angry all the time? Oh FUCK!
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#402180 - 06/29/12 10:13 PM Re: Whom has shared their sexual abuse in RL? [Re: SamV]
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1. in my 30s, i told a trusted pastor friend who had disclosed his childhood abuse. he used my confidences against me. it was devastating and further damaged my ability and willingness to trust anyone.

2. about the same time, i told another friend who had also revealed his past abuse. he referred me to his therapist. that friendship ended when he left former life and all his previous friendships - including his wife and kids and church position - to live with his male lover.

3. i told the first T. it was a partially successful but professional relationship. it ended a year or so later when the T moved to another state.

4. i told my wife as much as i could at that time - but i hadn't allowed myself to remember everything and i couldn't go into the full story yet. she was devastated but supportive but didn't completely get it - as neither did i at that point.

5. told my younger brother and his wife - just the barest outline - no details - but they were supportive. he had been unaware. we only mentioned it at the one very low point in my life of severe depression. never brought up again.

6. several years later i told a couple who were trying to counsel my wife and me on marriage issues. they were open and accepting but i could tell they didn't really get it.

7. that couple referred another young man to me to share our stories - thinking we could relate as he had also been abused. we met once and it was sort of awkward. he was later arrested, convicted and imprisoned for prostitution.

long silence - never talking about it...

8. recently - last oct. started with another T and it has been very good.

9. last Dec. - told a close friend who lives far away - he was understanding and apparently had done some reading or for some reason had knowledge of the issues. that was helpful. haven't seen him since, but will raise the subject again the next time i see him.

10. i told a kid in one of my classes last year - who i was worried had been abused - that i had been abused (no details) and that if he wanted someone to talk to i was willing. he denied it and nothing else was said.

11. i came close to revealing to another guy who had started to develop a friendship - but he moved away before that level of trust was established.

i didn't realize until writing this that i had told so many people. most of my disclosures though have been in counseling settings - and those that were totally voluntary and on a friendship basis have been only about 50% what i would consider positive.

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#402380 - 07/02/12 02:46 PM Re: Whom has shared their sexual abuse in RL? [Re: SamV]
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Lee, this is a share that winds through the ages, and shows the lack of empathy and understanding from the general public. Did you ever imagine you would ever be as stable and as well accepted as you are here in our little corner of the world? Thank you for this share, Lee. It is a reminder that no matter how others helped, co-opted or controlled, in our sometimes blundering way, we have always tried to heal. We are survivors.

Another share?
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#402387 - 07/02/12 03:22 PM Re: Whom has shared their sexual abuse in RL? [Re: SamV]
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Hi Sam, this is very interesting thread. As I've been on vacancy at one island with very poor internet connection I wrote reply two days ago but somehow lost it in the middle, so I'll try one more time!
First time that I came to fact that I'm survivor was the day when I've found Male survivor's site (last October).
Afterwards I talked to couple of my friends in this order:
- Firstly I shared my story with my best girl friend. She was very supportive and even told me some her experience that is related to abuse. I didn't went into all details but I was more than graphic;
- Secondly I told other girl friend who has always been for some time in therapy because of her family background and we talked many times about her issues so it was natural for me to tell her;
- I talked with my twin brother, both of us have been touched by other older boys when we were 5 or 6 years old and we never spoke openly about it even we repeated some stuff.
- I shared my story with my niece. I know all her secrets and we regularly share intimate details and now it was my turn to relive some.
- I shared my story to two more girl friends and one male friend - I just needed to tell them, I feel close to them and I couldn't pretend that everything is as usual when we met.
- Additionally I asked my friend (who is psychologist) about support and recommendation for T and explained her why I need it by e-mail.
- I started going to therapy and I shared my story in greatest details with my T (she is very nice and supportive woman).
So many girls/women around me and just my bro and one friend from male side smile they all were very supportive even some of them don't know nothing broader about this problematic. Must say that I know those people very well, so I even expected some support from them.
There are some important people in my life who are not enough open minded and supportive in some other aspects so I decided that I will never tell them anything about my story.
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#402406 - 07/02/12 07:42 PM Re: Whom has shared their sexual abuse in RL? [Re: SamV]
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A psychiatrist in the ward, two years ago... I think I never told him but he found out somehow... so we talked a little about it. then I left. he was great, but disclosing didn't feel good. I think I prefer not to talk about it in real life.. ¿what is real life?

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#402444 - 07/03/12 04:32 AM Re: Whom has shared their sexual abuse in RL? [Re: SamV]
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One thing that I would like to know is what counts as disclosure?

I've probably only shared the full gorey details with a couple of people, probably my two best friends. They were extremely supportive, but live a long way away, and I really told them just as a way of explaining why I was phoning them to cry over the phone.

I also told a couple of councelers in a very distant way, but this felt rather different to telling my friends, and more like a job to be done.

Other people know the vague truth. My parents guessed it when I was twenty, indeed my mum pretty much told me (she was the first person to use the word raped, after I had a panic attack about her coming into the bathroom while I had my shirt off). I've told a couple of people in this way, but only that I experienced sa at secondary school by multiple female perpetrators in acts of bullying gone too far, not actually reliving anything or going into details. They've generally been pretty supportive, indeed the last friend I told pretty much had worked it out from my behaviour or opinions.

This was also how I told ****, and she revealed to me she'd had a mail friend who was raped by an older woman in a car, which helped given where **** put me in terms of recovery.

A couple of other people I just have told that "I experienced abuse" usually when i feel it would help them. For instance one female friend was extremely bothered, and disclosed to me she'd been raped, so i shared my story with her. This has come up a couple of times with both male and ffemale friends, but I'm alwayts really careful of revealing too much when someone is obviously hurting, sinse I don't want to add to what is wrong with them, or still worse, sound as if I am trying to match it. usually I just let the other person talk and say "yes, I know, I had some stuff happen to me as well" and leave it at that.

This is again because people have often told me things in the past.

there is then a further level of disclosure I've used for informational purposes before. "I'm doing research" or "A friend told me" this is useful when discussing with people the fact that male sa can happen. I once met a taxi driver who volunteered at a rape crysis center. I obviously am not going to go into details with him, but I was interested to find out his thoughts and experiences related to male sa, so I used the "I did some research" to talk generally about the subject.

I have had a couple of those sorts of moments go wrong, in which people start on about how "men can't be abused" but I just distance myself and argue unimmotionally. I've even done the rather cliche'd "I had a friend who, -----" in order to talk about my own experiences when in those sorts of conversations.

I only once have disclosed and regretted it, and that was a complicated situation indeed, and mostly caused by me becoming angry at how a certain girl was making a drama out of nothing and being very helpless over site difficulties, not made easy by the fact that she was the first girl I ever fell in love with, long before my abuse at the age of nine, a fact that she'd utterly forgotten about, (yes, it happened).

That was over the phone, but I still regret disclosing in the way I did, even though i didn't say much beyond the fact that I was raped, and I will try never to do that again.

I also remember one occasion where my mum was convinced a certain female friend was interested in becoming closer to me. She shared a lot about herself, and while she wasn't abused she had had problems, which she'd got through. I considdered sharing my own experience, but didn't, though i wonder if that was a mistake, and had I explained to her if she'd have realized that my inability to pick up her interest (if said interest existed), wasn't my fault.

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#402447 - 07/03/12 08:01 AM Re: Whom has shared their sexual abuse in RL? [Re: SamV]
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I had shared my survivor status with a few select people before the Sandusky trial. Now I am starting to share it more freely as I was inspired by the DA's speech about taking this out of the shadows and making sure that society deals with the issue. I have even had dreams the past week about doing power point presentations to large Town Hall sessions here at work about sexual abuse of boys!
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#402454 - 07/03/12 09:38 AM Re: Whom has shared their sexual abuse in RL? [Re: SamV]
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I was in treatment for a couple months when my counsellor asked me if I had told anybody about my abuse. When I said I wasn't prepared to tell anybody that I was abused yet she explained about how I needed at least a couple of people to be able to use as a "shoulder to cry on" on bad days.

After, I decided that I would tell 2 of my sisters that I was abused by our sperm provider by E-mail. I also told them not to call me for another day until after the supper news was over. The minute the news ended one of my sisters called and about 5 minutes later, the older sister called - thank god for 3-way phone calls.

Both of them said they weren't surprised about my disclosure. When I asked them why, the first one said she didn't know why but it was just a feeling that she had that something was wrong with me.

The other sister said that my "crusty old sailor" persona just wasn't my natural nature, not the loud-mouth and yeller person that I used almost all my life. That underneath it all I was a quiet easy going person.

I then learned that at least 3 of us were abused and 1 more was at a minimum was harassed.

I slowly realised that my disclosure wasn't going to have it come back in my face. I then gradually started telling other relatives. Two of my aunts who thought the world of my sperm provider. When I told them, I just let them vent about what I had just told them. Sperm Provider used to visit with her almost daily and she was extremely upset with him.

Because our "family" used to baby-sit her children regularly, I said it was OK for her to tell her kids if she wanted but if any of them were abused by him, if they said yes, I would appreciate her/him telling me so we could talk about it together.

As many of them now live away, it was most all by phone. Each one was absolutely adamant there was no abuse done to them thank god.

I also want to tell my longest and best friends (the only 2 I still have) about it but I'm not quite ready yet because I am still making excuses not to but it's getting harder and harder to make an excuse so I guess I'll be doing it before the month is out. Yes I trust both of them and their wives completely.


Edited by Sailor John (07/03/12 09:43 AM)
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#402460 - 07/03/12 10:48 AM Re: Whom has shared their sexual abuse in RL? [Re: SamV]
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#402502 - 07/03/12 08:55 PM Re: Whom has shared their sexual abuse in RL? [Re: SamV]
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I've told two people outright: my partner and my best friend. I wasn't intending for this to happen but I think I put enough pieces out there last week for a good friend of mine for him to get a rough idea.

We'd met for coffee and he'd mentioned that it was unfortunate that nobody's making documentaries like the ones my second perp used to make ever since he died. I pointed out that I could do it, I own a good video camera, have a fairly powerful Mac with Final Cut Studio on it and the expertise to write-shoot-edit-finish videos and I'd done a few smaller proof of concept videos to share with a couple of friends successfully. The problem's that I can't stomach going out and shooting the material the way he used to. My friend thought that it was due to the fact that the perps used to be a pain in the ass waving his "President Of The Non-Profit Organization" card around in people's faces and making a nuisance of himself to everyone that I was referring to, but I explained that he was doing a lot more with his president's card and influence and explained that the rumours about the guy had a lot of factual basis behind them.

We had a good conversation about that because my friend had seen a lot of kids come and go from the non-profit group that had been brought in by the perp, heard rumours, heard from the guy who used to service the perp's computer that there was more going on that he didn't know about, etc. My friend said that CSA must be rampant because his wife knew of a teacher who was taking kids up to his cottage and abusing them and that brought out the stuff about the first perp. I never explicitly said I had been abused by either guy but there was probably enough out there by the end of our coffee to infer it. Sadly, my friend think the non-profit's board of directors of the day just turned a blind eye towards a lot of questionable activity done by their president who grossly abused his position in other ways besides CSA.

What struck me about it though was that my friend already thought that CSA was rampant from having heard so many stories from different people about situations that never got exposed like Penn State or Graham James have. It certainly seems to validate the idea that CSA's as common as the 1 in 6 statistic suggests, possibly even more common than that due to underreporting.
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#402511 - 07/03/12 10:04 PM Re: Whom has shared their sexual abuse in RL? [Re: SamV]
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I have disclosed to people slowly as the time has been right.

The first person I ever told was my best friend, who was friends with me throughout the majority of the span of my abuse. He's been the best, most supportive person of everyone.

The 2nd person was my ex-wife. The whole thing just went over her head, and she never talked to me about it again.

The third disclosure I made was to my (soon to be) wife. She's been great throughout this whole healing process. I am blessed to have her in my life.

Number 4 was my oldest brother. He has been one of my best friends as of late. It's easy to talk with him about since he knows all of the characters involved. He did not judge, but rather listened.

The most recent disclosure has been my mother. Disclosure may be the wrong word; perhaps confront. As I expected, it didn't go so well. I made a post about it after it happened.

Overall, I've been happy that I've chosen to disclose to some of those around me. It shows who my true friends and loved ones are. I am blessed, despite dealing with this demon of CSA.

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#403210 - 07/10/12 09:16 PM Re: Whom has shared their sexual abuse in RL? [Re: SamV]
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I always knew I had been molested but it was "so long ago" and "I was so young" (3-5) that it didn't 'count' as a traumatic event. (?) When I was 43, I was in a serious accident. While in rehabilitation from it, I told a psychologist this and she looked at me shocked and told me that it always has an impact. It still took me 6 months to admit that it was anything. When I finally accepted this, I was actually relieved because it meant that I wasn't f*ked up from the get go. All my life I figured well I thought lots of crazy things to explain my behaviors & desires.

I first told my wife. She knew I had had problems but was supportive. Then I told my brother, who also had been molested by the same cousin at the same time. I
Told my mom and she was shocked and sad for me and that she didn't know. I haven't told anyone else other than my T and psych.
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#403237 - 07/11/12 03:13 AM Re: Whom has shared their sexual abuse in RL? [Re: SamV]
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2 of the first 3 close guy friends I told were abused also. I have told like 6 close friends and 1 cousin. My wife was the first to know. Only one in my family that knows is my cousin. I plan on speaking publicly about this at some point when or if the Lord leads me to do that.
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#403250 - 07/11/12 08:08 AM Re: Whom has shared their sexual abuse in RL? [Re: SamV]
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This is a really important topic, and I am glad you opened it. I waited decades before talking with anyone other than a therapist, most of whom couldn't deal with it either, as a mother's love run amok into her own weird perverted rituals is hard for anyone to take. I suppose the fact that even therapists had a hard time with it subconsciously made things much worse for me, and made it harder to open up to others.

I didn't even tell my wife until we had been married about 15 years, and then only after my T made it pretty plain that as long as I held onto that secret, I would find it difficult if not impossible to move on. I was suicidal constantly, and it was either open the bag and let the thing out or keep it stuffed down and risk death.

My wife was amazing. With a few close friends, though, the attitude has ranged from 'oh, my sister says Daddy abused her, too, but I don't know if I believe it' to 'about time you stopped acting as though this is all you are' to 'where was your father' and so on.

I have not been able to see any pattern among my friends or family. At first, it helped draw my sister and me closer together, as she understood more about what happened in our childhood, including my dark moods and occasional violent outbursts. As we have grown older though, and as our mother has approached death, and as I have considered telling my children and others, the implications for my sister have become clearer, and she has withdrawn a bit. We'll get through it.

In another case, an old friend from our neighborhood when I was a child took me out to lunch and turned the tables entirely, telling me that my mother had molested him. He took it for granted that if she abused him, that I must have suffered for years. So, that was an extraordinary twist.

One last thought: except for a few times, minimally, with Ts, I have never shared details, except to say, as my mother told me in the one occasion when I confronted her, that she never went so far as actual rape/intercourse. "At least, I never raped you," was how she so eloquently and self-righteously put it. I think it would be a pretty fine epitaph, I suppose. In any case, I don't talk about details with others, most of whom find it horrifying enough to learn that my mother sexually molested me (and, as I know now, at least one other). And in all honesty, I still can't take looking too much at the details, even now in my 50s.

I am not sure if any of these ramblings shed any light, but I do think this is really important and am grateful for the opportunity to reflect on this with all of you.

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#403252 - 07/11/12 08:29 AM Re: Whom has shared their sexual abuse in RL? [Re: SamV]
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It's difficult at first, and the first few times I told anyone it was like pulling a rusty sword out of my body with each word. But each time I told someone new, it made it a little bit easier.

The Sandusky explosion gave me several opportunities to share, and it felt good to "come out" as a survivor. In college, I was jealous of the gay boys for being able to be "out" about who they were... I thought then that there was no way that I could be "out" as what I now know is my identity as a survivor. It just seemed unthinkable then... not any more.

Just in the last week, I talked to my father about it, I told two different work colleagues and I posted about it on Twitter for the whole world to see.

Yesterday, while having an after-work drink with a colleague, the subject came up and all I said was, "I know all about it. It happened to me. I'm a survivor of it." And that was all; the conversation moved on.

It doesn't have to be a tear-filled dramatic event any longer.
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#403444 - 07/12/12 08:17 PM Re: Whom has shared their sexual abuse in RL? [Re: SamV]
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I'm just recognizing what happened to me. I haven't told anyone for real. I sort of mentioned it to my psychologist and almost lost control. It's hard to believe it could hurt so much after so much time. Just typing these words and I can't see the screen very well through the tears. Once I told him, I couldn't even look him in the eye.

I was wondering what got me thinking about it until I saw your note. Yes, it was this Sandusky thing that rattled my brain and brought back the memory from so long ago.


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#403674 - 07/15/12 07:30 AM Re: Whom has shared their sexual abuse in RL? [Re: SamV]
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The response to this is wonderful fellow survivors. Our journey of healing can begin with reaching out to another in trust, to connect with someone who we feel can help us. Who(m) we tell may identify how healthy or unhealthy we are in our surviving. For example, if we share with someone who is a doctor or therapist, we can expect(reasonably, but not always as been shown in MS) help, support, recovery. If we tell someone who may hurt us, we still may not be aware of what is healthy and safe, although perps can be very good at hiding their ferocious behavior under a guise of empathy.

Whether we have thought about it, began to share and laughed it off, threw up or coped it back, or fully disclosed, even confronted, you, me and we began to look for healing. We began to demand more for ourselves than those who have hurt us led us to believe there was available. That day we began to stop listening to their lies.

To the men who have related their shares, these men are a source of encouragement. They are the guides, the promoters of and the continuation of healing and self reliance you and I need to get to know. Look them up, reply to their posts, PM these men you see here in this post, for these men will support you in disclosure, and will show you how recovery begins.

Please fellow survivors, another share?

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#403746 - 07/16/12 01:14 AM Re: Whom has shared their sexual abuse in RL? [Re: SamV]
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Never again. Every time I did I got burned badly for it even among survivors, and even online.
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#403787 - 07/16/12 11:29 AM Re: Whom has shared their sexual abuse in RL? [Re: SamV]
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I was sexually abused by my father.


The first time I said anything out loud was to a therapist I started seeing when I was 24.

I learned doctors had to keep secrets, so I became pretty comfortable telling them. I dissassociate, so I don't feel anything when I talk about it. It feels like I'm talking about someone else.

Three years ago I told The first nonmedical person, a trusted mentor. I chose to tell him because he was in no way connected to my social circle. I figured if he rejected me, the damage was limited to my relationship with him. He was supportive and accepting. I didn't tell anyone else after telling him, because I felt so great I thought I'd been "cured". Talking to him was the single most liberating thing I've ever done.

Two years ago my fiancee asked me point blank if I'd been sexually abused, (she'd been doing research on sexual abuse for work). I hadn't planned on telling her...EVER. I was sure she would leave me. She felt like home, and I was terrified of losing her. It led to a rocky couple of weeks, mostly because of my panic, but she has been amazingly supportive. She hates my father, but is a column of strength for me. I started therapy after she found out.

Since then I've disclosed to two other people, new friends. I decided if they were going to be part of my life, they should know the real me. They have both been awesome, and it is so much easier to be with them than my other friends, because I can tell them what's up.

There have been some people I regret telling. My fiancee felt trapped because she had no one to talk to about what was going on, and how she was feeling about my abuse, etc. So, I told her she could tell a friend outside our social circle. Mistake. The person she told is super nice, but lives in our building, and now I always feel awkward around her. I also made the mistake of telling my future mother-in-law...don't really know what I was thinking there. She is pretty coo-coo, and was sort of cold.

Telling people feels great, but I still haven't told anyone from my childhood, or anyone in my family. My mum is still married to my dad and has no idea. I almost told her at lunch the other day, but held off and said I had something important to talk to her about in a couple of months. My sister doesn't know.

With each person I tell, the shame decreases and I feel lighter.

I know there will be some negative reactions in the future, which is why I've limited who I've told.

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