Whether you know it or not, what you did there is part of what I'd call the silver lining.
My therapist indicated to me at one point that there may be a time when I could help someone else who went through being raped as I have been. I didn't see how that could ever happen, but in various ways it has.
That is what has just happened to you, and there is something redemptive about that. Yes, you can empathize, and understand first hand, but you also know for sure that you aren't alone, and that you can help someone in ways that you haven't been. The bottom line there is that you are a good person, to be congratulated, and encouraged. And don't feel bad about taking compliments...you deserve them.