I recall when I was in group counseling, I meet a distinct group of teens that were all from shy, to energetic. This group was for those that were…

I recall when I was in group counseling, I meet a distinct group of teens that were all from shy, to energetic. This group was for those that were sexually assaulted or molested. In my case I was sexually abused by 3 family members at the age of 6. Each story was different, and each story was told. Each one of us spoke of being scared, sad, depressed, and very uncomfortable about opening up about it. It took me until I was 13 years old to speak up openly about the incident. I was extremely affected by it, and it took a lot of effort to stand up to it. For a long time, I was in abusive relationships looking for attention and some compassion. I didn’t realize that I was engaged in such relationships that I would deny of being treated in such a way. In the end I learned to get away from it. The counseling did help, but wasn’t enough. It took much work for me to realize the amount of effects of having to be sexually abused did to me.
– Stefannie