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Post of The Month

One-in-a-million is our Post of The Month winner voted by the community for the following post:

"Just a bit of fun here if you could create an advent calendar what would you put in it and why.

For me you would still get chocolate 😆😆
But inside each door is a task for the day. Something that includes you helping/talking to others, doing something festive and spreading Christmas cheer
For example

1. Tell your parents/carers you love them
2. Say hello when passing an OAP (that might be the only thing someone says to them all week)
3. Watch a Christmas movie
4. Help someone in need e.g put some spare change in a charity box, buy a warm drink for the homeless person who sits on the corner, dothe washing up ha ha ha😂
5 make hot chocolate
6. Visit your grandparents (if you donít already) They will more than likely love to see you.
7. Sing a Christmas song with a friend
8. Dress up in something Christmasy when you do your shopping.

You get the idea 😂😉 my reason for this is to get people in the mood and understand what Christmas actually means.

What would yours have and why."
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Fallen for someone I hardly knew but struggling

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  • Fallen for someone I hardly knew but struggling

    Hi guys many of you are aware of my story. But for as this thread is baced around that I might as well say it in short.

    So last September I was at college and went to the park. A girl in my class was being sexually harassed by two older men. I stepped in and told them to leave her alone. Asked her if she was ok and then we went back to class. I walked home that night and the two men followed me and raped me.

    I went though all the gender shit of guys can't be raped and everything but they are now are now serving a 10 year sentence due to the rape past history of sexual offences.
    The girl they harassed was obviously involved with the case.

    I'm still in counselling (non NHS) and am on the NHS list too so yeah.
    Anyway me and the girl in my class have become quite close considering I never actually knew her. She was just a girl in my class. She asked me out last month and I have said yes. But I'm still struggling with physical contact. I don't mean to but I can't help it we go for a hug and sometimes it just sends me straight back. She said it's ok but I feel it's un fair on her really. Her dad didn't know what had happened and didn't particularly like me at first as he thought I was too much of a wimp :/ and although this was before he knew what happened and the fact he said I probably stopped it from happening to his daughter (his words exactly) it's still hurts a bit that he called me too wimpy and I presume he thinks like that because I get uncomfortable with physical contact.

    I'm I being fair to my girlfriend?? I don't want her to feel like I don't like her because although I didn't even know anything about her back then I love her now.
    I also don't want to drag her down with me. I know she was a bit jittery after the harassment for a few weeks it really shook her up.

    It just doesn't seem fair to her, I feel as if shes my protector when I want to be her protector. what would you guys do?

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    Hey I am Sam,

    I just wanted to say how brave you are for reaching out to the boards for support. It sounds like you've been through so much, so this is such a great step you're taking to talk about what you're going through and how you're feeling.

    You mentioned that your girlfriend asked you out last month and that you're still struggling with physical contact. What you've been through sounds so difficult, and it's okay for things to take time. It's important is to be patient with yourself, time is a great healer and it may take time before you feel comfortable with physical contact. What can be helpful is to take some time to build trust with her and only take things further when you feel ready.

    Communication can also be really important. Have you spoken to her about how you're feeling? How do you feel she can best support you?

    - Aife


    • #3
      Thank you Aife, She seems really understanding about it and keeps telling me its ok and to take my time. I know it doesn't matter now but I do wonder would they have hurt her if I hadn't stepped in? And while I'm glad I stopped them doing what they were doing I do wonder what if that was why the raped me. My counsellor and Rob who I spoke to on my other thread have said I shouldn't think like that as it may of just happened anyway even if I wasn't there that morning.

      Its really annoying I want to love her and cuddle her and stuff but it's like there is an uncontrollable feeling of panic when we do get close.

      It really doesn't help when her dad keeps on about "it could have been younis Sam didn't come" I get what he means but it reinforces that begitive feeling that it was my fault and that leads me to feel guilty over again. He only found out a few weeks after we got together as he works away sometimes and wasn't here when the events took place.

      Im not even sure if any of that made sense but just needed to get it out there




      • #4

        I'm really sorry to read that this happened to you.
        Felt like i needed to say - i think your counsellor is right.
        And it shouldn't happen at all and you didn't do anything to cause it. But you was very Brave to do what you did and to step in (clearly not a whimp) and to go through what happened. They was the ones who did something horrible. They have Complete control of their actions on things like that. They made that desicion by themselves - not you. And have nothing to feel guilty for. But i also think it's understandable you may still feel panicy.

        So im glad to hear your girlfriend is so understanding. And really do hope you start feeling more comfortable soon after taking things at your own.pase

        Take care of yourself
        "Recovery is my best revenge" - Carolyn Spring "Let your past make you better not bitter" - Unknown


        • #5
          Hi Sam,

          What type of therapy are you undertaking with your counsellor? Is it talking therapy? Or something more trauma focused like trauma focused cbt or Emdr therapy? I found the trauma focused stuff really helpful for the anxiety related symptoms I was experiencing - it could be worth you exploring.

          As Shaunie says, the people who raped you were fully in control of their actions and the blame lies solely at their feet. You did a good thing by stepping in to save someone else, and you should be proud of yourself.

          Can you or your girlfriend talk to her father and perhaps explain the challenges he's causing with what he's saying?

          How close have you been able to get with your girlfriend? Can you hold hands without panicking? Cuddle? Kiss? Are those things okay but when you start to go further panic rises? Some form of baby-step exposure might help, where you challenge your panic by going a little further than you had before and staying with it and showing yourself that it's okay and that there aren't any bad things going to happen.
          Bubbles and glitter and rainbows.


          • #6
            Hi guys things have been getting easier now
            We are talking more about it and finding where my boundaries are right now


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