Effects of Sexual Violence
Sophomore, University of Maryland, College Park
My rape was bad, but at least it was just one night and it was over. I could remind myself of that when things (like the intrusive thoughts or nightmares) got bad. I was raped by a guy I knew, had classes with. He got me drunk--fed me shots all night, and then insisted he wanted to "make sure you get back to your house safely." He convinced my friends to let him take me home and they stayed out. Once we got to my house, he wouldn't leave, he held me down and he raped me while I cried and said "please don't." I believe he planned the whole thing out.