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Remembering - May 20th 2012, 11:31 PM

The other day I told my friend about the sexual abuse that happened when I was little while I was at my friend's house. Before that, I had never told anyone and tried really hard not to think about it because it made me feel sick. After I told him, I started to remember so much more of it that I hadnt before, and I feel so much worse now. I thought that telling someone what happened would make me feel better, but now the whole thing is just so much more real and I feel so much worse :S He wants me to tell my parents about it, but I'm so scared of telling people now. I dont know what to do now. I don't want to talk to them about it because of how I felt after telling my friend. Should I just forget about the whole thing, or should I tell my parents? :S

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Re: Remembering - May 20th 2012, 11:37 PM

Hi Sarah,

I can see how you'd be so upset over this. I really think that you should confide in your parents. You'd be surprised at how much support they will be able to give you. I waited almost six years to tell my parents about what happened to me but when I told them, they were very helpful. They got me help and they made sure that I was safe. I'm unsure of whether or not you're for or against therapy. If you're okay with that idea, I'd highly suggest going to try it. It's really helpful and connecting with a therapist/counsellor will benefit you in the long run. They'll give you coping techniques for the memories and make it a little bit easier for you. I know that talking about it once brought up a bunch of unwanted memories but that's because it was the first time you've talked about it in (I don't know) how long. Although I don't think you'll ever feel 'okay' with what happened to you, I know that you'll feel okay in general. You deserve to be happy and right now, I can tell that this is bringing you down. Therefore, telling your parents and a therapist will be really helpful in that.

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Re: Remembering - May 21st 2012, 06:04 AM

Britt's right, I think it would benefit you greatly to tell your parents. With things like this, parents are usually very supportive and try to help you, if you are open to the idea, or even unsure but might consider it, I suggest possibly trying out seeing a therapist about this, like Britt said, it can really help to see a professional who can help with coping and the such. If you ever want to talk, my PM is always open.

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