SURVIVING THE MEMORIES SITE FOR SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
THERESA'S STORY

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Because of You by Kelly Clarkson

Im sixteen years old.

During my spring break when I was fifteen I had my guy friend over when my mom was at work. I was so worried about him and just wanted to help him get clean. Well that day he came over with his friend and my friend followed me into my room and shut the door.

He raped me.

Then he hugged me and left like nothing happened. I cried and got in the shower. My mom was gonna come home from work soon so I called my friend and asked if she wanted to hang out. She came over and we went on a walk I told her the whole story. We called my boyfriend at the time and told him he then called my mom. My mom came and picked me up and called my dad we went to the hospital where I had to go through the rape kit.

My dad called the police and thats when everything went from horrifying to my world ending. By the time I got home from the hospital the whole school knew and rumors were flying. The police made me call the boy and try to get him to confess he never did.

The prosecutor couldn't do anything and all I ever got was a restraining order. I see him around town and i'm best friends with his cousin.

Today the school talks about and doesn't leave me alone. My mom and dad pretend like nothing happened so i'm on my own for healing. It's hard but I know one day i'll help someone by having my story to tell.

"Every human being on this earth is born with a tragedy, and it isn't original sin. He's born with the tragedy that he has to grow up. That he has to leave the nest, the security, and go out to do battle. He has to lose everything that is lovely and fight for a new loveliness of his own making, and it's a tragedy. A lot of people don't have the courage to do it. "
~ Helen Hayes

 
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