One year later
To the girl or guy who is facing your one year anniversary of the rape, this is for you.
I just personally wanted to tell you that I stand by you. I support you. If I were sitting next to you I’d hold you, and tell you that I know how hard this day is, but you are so much stronger than you know.
I want you to know that even though this day brings up triggers, and you’ll feel tempted to relive that day, my prayer for you is that you would feel the hands of Heaven wrap you in a strong and tender embrace, and promise to never let go.
I know that you look in the mirror in the morning, and are tempted to look into it with disgrace, and anger, blaming yourself a year later at what happened, but on this day I hope you remember that it is STILL not your fault. Someone else made a decision, but it is not against you.
I want you to know that your worth HAS NOT CHANGED. Your value didn’t change on the night someone took your power and voice away from you. Your worth didn’t change because someone thought you changed your mind. Your worth didn’t change because you were drunk. Your worth didn’t change because you were at a party. Your worth didn’t change when you were walking alone by yourself in the dark of night. Your worth never changed. Your worth was the same that night, as it is today.
Alcohol consumption does not change your worth. The outfit you wore that night does not change your worth. The dark of night does not change your worth. You changing your mind does not change your worth.
Hear me, your worth, and value as a person cannot change. Your worth is not greater at one point than it is at another time. It is as constant as the rising son.
Friend, just because someone couldn’t see your worth DOES NOT take away from the worth that you have had the entire time.
You are beautiful.
You are handsome.
You are strong.
You are so much more than a victim.
You are not your anxiety.
You are not your depression.
You do not belong to that night.
You are powerful.
You are pure.
You are cleaned.
You are free to rise above.