Just a few months ago, April 1st, 2016, I was sexually assaulted. I am 16 years old, and was 15 when it happened. The man was 52… I haven’t seen my friend for a while and wanted to hangout with her, and we had nothing to do for a few hours, so we went on a walk and said we should call one of her other friends to go hangout too. But when we got there the other friend wasn’t there. But he invited us in to stay. He forced us to drink alcohol and stay for hours. Begging for us to stay over I finally got too drunk and had to lay down for a bit. He brought me up stairs and said to lay down for a while. And when I did I fell asleep right away, I woke up to pressure on my chest and a chill on my legs. I had no idea I woke up with a man 3 times my age was on top of me… I just froze and had no idea what to do… my friend walked in on it and he quickly rolled off the bed and hit his head on a dresser, my friend and I both ran down the stairs and t he rest was a blur really… I remember being at the hospital for 6 hours hysterically crying and yelling. I felt violated. Discouraged. Unwanted. Unimportant. Unattractive. And just plain hurt. A little after a month I ended up in a mental institution for 8 days. I have cried every single day for months. Not a day has gone by where I don’t cry at least twice. If you’ve had a similar story and haven’t said anything the police yet… it’s NEVER too late to say anything. Thank you!
— Survivor, age 16