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It's OK If You Struggle to Accept Your PTSD Is Truly 'Valid'

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It’s been 20 years since it happened, and it still haunts me. It still affects me. It still is part of my life I haven’t healed from.

I’ll just say it: I lost my virginity to sexual assault when I was 16. Just typing that made me choke back tears. Even at 35 years old, writing about sex, in general, is awkward at best.

But writing about sexual assault is intimate and vulnerable. It’s hard. I’ve spent 20 years trying to convince myself that it was my fault.

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