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Unhappy Ran Into My Rapist 😭 - February 11th 2016, 01:19 AM

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Today I went to Walmart to buy a phone and when I was In the checkout queue is when I saw him. He looked me in the eye and I don't think he even recognized me. It was like I didn't even matter to him, even though he and his buddies basically ruined my life. I completely freaked. I was barely able to give the checkout girl my stuff, ask her to hold it at the till for five minutes, and walk away before breaking down completely. I couldn't breathe I couldn't think All I could see was their laughing faces and the bathroom they raped me in. I couldn't handle it. I was so scared and so messed up. I completely fell apart


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Re: Ran Into My Rapist 😭 - February 11th 2016, 02:39 AM

You're not messed up for reacting that way. It's a normal reaction. He violated your body in a terrible and violent way, and seeing him probably re-traumatized you. You might re-experience more in the days to come because seeing him again served as a reminder. I think it would help for you to focus on self-care and self-soothing activities, or anything that helps you feel safe. Maybe something like wrapping yourself in a blanket or leaving a light on at night. Also try to remind yourself that you're in the present and he isn't harming you right now. Do you have any favorite grounding techniques? Use those, or use any skills that have helped you in the past. Consider writing him a letter to say what you feel like you need to say to him, whether it's about today or about the day he hurt you. Journal, blog, or talk to someone about what happened and how you're feeling about it. Just don't keep it inside.

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