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Post of The Month (September)

Maisy is our Post of The Month winner voted by the community for the following post:

"Hey Shaunie,

​I care. I really relate to what you have been experiencing with the house falling apart, and things not getting fixed due to general shame of the state of the house and not knowing where to begin fixing things or who to contact (you don't want to come across rogue tradesmen). Not even having adequate heating and hot water. And clutter. Everywhere. It's horrible to live in such circumstances, I know. It's hard as well when you see everyone else living a 'normal' life and yet being unable to talk about your situation."
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Post of the Month - April

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    Hey guys,
    So you might remember a while ago I put a post out saying we were looking to get post of the month back up and running, well since then we've received a lot of nominations, so here goes!

    Our First nomination is for Maisy with her post in Shaunie's thread 'just a question about consent'

    You're not bitchy at all.

    ​What this guy did to you, and how he invalidates it afterwards is horrific and you deserve justice.

    ​Rape can happen to anyone. Men, women, adults, children etc. It doesn't matter where you are, who you are, whether you are in a relationship or not, know the person or not, anytime there is sex without consent, it's rape. Not only that but it doesn't matter how strong sexual urges can be, no-one is forced to act on them. They can take control and either ignore them, or ask for consent. Having sexual urges doesn't justify rape at all.

    ​It's natural to find it physically enjoyable, even orgasm during rape. But even if that does happen, it doesn't mean that you consented or that it's not rape because you enjoyed it or had an orgasm. It's still rape. He wasn't trying to make you happy. Rape is only in the rapists interests for sexual gratification, not yours. You did not do anything to cause the rape at all, regardless of what he might say.

    ​It's traumatic because you didn't have control. It's confusing because it was rape but you may have physically enjoyed it, but you can't control how your body reacts. I'm sorry for what you went through.

    ​You aren't pathetic but I understand how difficult it must be for you. All your feelings are valid and justified.
    The second nomination we have is with their post on Groselu's thread 'Troubling past with online sexual activity'
    Hi Groselu! Welcome to the boards.

    I recognise some of the things you are feeling. They happened to me after I'd gone through a similar situation (abuse, though not with online role playing) to what you've described. I feel like they're a natural response (though I don't think it's healthy or positive!) and I'd describe it as self-victim blaming, if that makes sense. I'll try and explain further.

    The person who persuaded you to role play erotically online manipulated you. It's a technique called grooming, and even though you engaged with the action you couldn't fully consent because you were a) underage and b) manipulated. I say you were manipulated because you mention 'persuaded' and 'encouraged' by other people.

    This is a horrible thing to have happened to you and is entirely the fault of the person who manipulated you into online erotic role-playing. They manipulated this behaviour into you, which then occurred with other people. That doesn't make you a bad person.

    What often happens when people manipulate us is that we lose confidence in ourselves, and the sly manipulations often cause us to look inwardly for the problem when actually it's an external problem. I feel you're currently looking inwardly towards yourself as the problem, when actually you've been on the receiving end of someone's manipulative abuse through no fault of your own.

    I am not a therapist so cannot tell you about all the types of treatment there are, but can give you some idea of the treatments I've experienced. I've done foye types of therapy: talking therapy, Emdr, behavioural cbt and trauma focused cbt.

    Talking therapy is great to let out things that have happened to you, Emdr is a great tool for processing traumatic events and flashbacks, and cbt is really good for modifying behaviour. I did trauma focused cbt following my experience with abuse and manipulation and it has been really useful for me for getting to the crux of the problem. Behavioural cbt also helped me with anxiety.

    Do you have an IAPT service in your area? They are an NHS service that provides access to psychological treatments and are a place you could approach for help with this.

    In the meantime, could you tell us a little about the rationale you have for thinking that you are a criminal or bad person because of your previous experience?
    Next we have a nomination for Aidan with the thread for lostsense' birthday!
    Happy birthday Lostsense! Hope you have a great day out, you deserve it! Save me some caterpillar cake if you do get one
    And finally our last nomination is for Charlotte and their post on Shaunie's thread 'Can anyone relate PTW'
    Hi Shaunie,

    Sounds like you are going through a really hard time at the moment. I understand the way you are feeling completely. I also understand that you are feeling a lot of confusion with all these different thoughts and feelings. We have to try and stay strong for the future and try and think it could get better as we can change it. I also wish I didn't have to be here at this moment in time and could come back when everything have cleared up a bit. We can beat this.

    The stress of collage is a lot, with exams coming up it can all get to much but try and take some time for yourself. I will be hard but you can push through it not too much longer to go.

    Your not pathetic and you would be missed if you weren't here, you are strong. This will get better even if it looks like it is getting worse.

    Stay strong you can do this. How you feeling now?

    So guys, that's the nominations for Aprils post of the month, all you guys need to do now is vote on which one should win and be displayed along the top of the boards!

    Get nominating posts for post of the month for may!

    Maisy's post in Shaunies thread 'just a question about consent'
    Purple_roos post in Groselu's thread 'troubling past with online sexual activity
    Aidan's post for Lostsense' birthday
    Charlotte's post in shaunies thread 'can anyone relate PTW'

    The poll is expired.

    Last edited by Hiccup; 03-06-2017, 07:22 PM.
    You're a ghost at most
    A set of empty bones
    Searching for anything and everything to make you feel whole

  • #2
    Don't vote for mine (please!), all I did was wish someone a happy birthday which is just good manners really!! These other posts are amazing and so supportive, they all deserve to win
    No matter how hard it will get
    We will pull always through
    ​Because I'll never forget
    ​It's the human thing to do


    • #3
      Aww thank you muchly guys!
      Bubbles and glitter and rainbows.


      • #4
        So good to see this up and running again. Big ups, Hiccup!
        Taking care of yourself takes care of more than just yourself.


        • #5
          Thanks so much Hiccup! It's great to see POTM running again


          • #6
            Aww, thank you all! I'm flattered haha!


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