I have been tattooing for about a year and a half, happy in my career making good money, working with my best friends. I was at my best friends kids birthday party, that’s when I met my rapist. He seemed like a super cool dude, that day went well. He’s a phenomenal tattoo artist, so I wanted to learn as much as I could from him. He came to work with us, he took it upon himself to decide that he wanted to teach me a lot more. I was super excited. He showed me lots of things about tattooing I didn’t know within a small period of time. One night he decided to “take me out for drinks”. I already hate drinking but he insisted so I went. He forced me to drink until I was falling down, puking and limp. I asked him to take me home, he refused. He threatened non-stop me of all of my clothes and leave me on the side of the road if I didn’t do what he said. He took me back to his house and made me take off all of my clothes and stand in his living room. He continued to humiliate me, telling me everything wrong with myself. He forced me into his bedroom and continued to rape me. All while he’s also telling me he cares about me. I had never felt so wrong and abused in my life. He ruined me. I had to continue to work with him for a few days after and the harassment continued. He leaves on Monday to work elsewhere. I feel so stuck and abused because of him.