PTSD is just one example of the lasting impact of rape. If left undiagnosed and untreated, this mental health condition is life threatening.By Shanon Lee
Trigger Warning: description of rape, violence and PTSD.Somehow, I was back to that familiar place. Moments after waking up drenched in sweat, I lie still in bed – waiting for my heart to stop racing and for the feeling to return to my body. I was safe. It's been twenty years since I was raped, but PTSD makes it feel like it wasn't that long ago. My nightmares are frequent, every dream is the same: my ex has found me and is going to finish me off. I'm walking leisurely along the beach, unaware that he is only a footstep behind me. I never see his face, I only hear his voice saying my name moments before he fires his gun. Days earlier, I accused my boyfriend of grabbing me by the ankles as I slept. That morning, I woke to find him standing at the foot of our bed and screamed. He was just saying goodbye before heading to work. I was experiencing flashbacks of the morning I was attacked. The scars from being dragged across the floor by my ankles as I struggled to escape have faded from my skin, but not my memory.
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