Ali's Story

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I’m so grateful for this platform.  To be able to relieve myself of this secret.  I was sleeping, and woke up to a guy doing things to me.  There was blood and I just went into shock.  I didn’t tell my family because they would be devastated and furious and ashamed and…as much as they’d want to find and kill the guy, they’d be livid with me.  Since I was 13 they’ve blamed me any time a man would look at me – no matter how I was dressed, it was wrong. I’ve been called all kinds of names within my family and shamed for the development of my body since I can remember – so I just can’t imagine sharing this story.  I’m embarrassed and ashamed and DO blame myself in ways…but I WANT to heal and be free and believe that I am whole.