Me Too: My Story Of Sexual Assault

01/11/17

#metoo

Continuing The Conversation
On Sunday the 29th of October I uploaded a video entitled ‘Me Too – My Story Of Sexual Assault’. It details the assault I suffered at the hands of an unknown male, while I was living and working in Manchester in 2013. While walking home to my city centre apartment, partly through Manchester Piccadilly train station, I was followed by a man who on 3 occasions groped me. The fear and shock I felt in response to his horrific behaviour rendered me partly frozen as I struggled to take control of the situation unfolding. As my assault ended the man retreated back into the train station and then proceeded to grope another woman. He has never been recognised despite very clear CCTV images and also details of his travel and car being released.

Recently, stories of sexual assaults in their many forms have been shared across social media using the #metoo hashtag. This powerful movement has awoken so many of us to our own experiences and to others of what they can do to help stop the progression and support the many survivors. I am in shock at how many people have shared that they too have been assaulted and also in awe at the bravery of the people sharing those stories. Together we are exposing just how often these assaults are happening and together we are stronger.

I made the decision to film and share my story so that the conversation around sexual assaults doesn’t end prematurely. With the never ending breaking news pushing so many stories to the sidelines, I don’t want to see this incredibly important topic fall by the wayside. It’s a continuing topic thats severity has been underestimated and ignored for so long and if I can use my platform to continue the movement, I would be doing a disservice to everyone that follows me by not doing so.

The response to my story has been overwhelming. From people bravely sharing their own #metoo stories to people voicing their support for survivors of these assaults. I feel so proud to be a part of such an important movement like this and to be able to continue the conversation. Thank you to every single person that has shared their experiences, to everyone that has offered their love and to every individual that has taken the time to share my story and my attacker’s face, in the hope he will finally be identified. By sharing my story or yours, you’re continuing the #metoo conversation and for that I am eternally grateful and thankful.

We are stronger together x

THE DETAILS

You can read more details of my attack and also view the images of my attacker here. If you recognise this man please contact either the British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting reference 389 of 22/06/2015. Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

ME TOO | MY STORY OF SEXUAL ASSAULT | #METOO

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If you feel strong enough to share your story using the #metoo hashtag, then please do, but if not please know that you are not alone and what happened to you is not your fault. Please consider your own circumstances and the affect sharing will have upon you before you go public with your story. If you choose not to share please remember you are stronger than you may think and when you are ready there will be many people who can support you. Please do not think your experience is any less in comparison to another; sexual assault is sexual assault and there is help out there in many forms to support and guide you x

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted and you need help and support, there are many services you can contact, some of which I have listed below:

Support Line – 01708 765200
Confidential emotional support for children, young adults and adults by telephone, email and post.

CISters (Surviving Rape and/or Sexual Abuse) – 02380 338080
Or you can email [email protected]
The helpline is available to female adult survivors of childhood rape/sexual abuse, and others can call if they have a concern about such issues.

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)
Call 0808 801 0331 free from all landlines and mobiles.
The NAPAC provides a national freephone support line for adults who have suffered any type of abuse in childhood.

Rape Crisis Helpline – 0808 802 9999 (12-2:30 and 7-9:30)
rapecrisis.org.uk
National organisation offering support and counselling for those affected by rape and sexual abuse.

Victim Support Supportline – 0808 168 9111
Rape and sexual assault
The services are confidential, free and available to anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted, now or in the past. They can help, regardless of whether you have told the police or anyone else about the attack. Their volunteers can visit you at home (if you want them to, and if doing so will not put you at further risk) or somewhere else if you prefer.

For Men
Survivors UK – Male Rape and Sexual Abuse Support
survivorsuk.org

For women
NHS Choices – Help after rape and sexual assault
https://www.nhs.uk/livewell/sexualhealth/pages/sexualassault.aspx
Sexual violence is a crime, no matter who commits it or where it happens.
Please don’t be afraid to get help.

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