Thank you Wizzer for your post and being so honest regarding your feelings. It is so very important to encourage and give support to those who have suffered from sexual assault and abuse. Not only in encouragement to seek counseling and treatment as I too know this is a huge step for them and each person has to decide when they are ready to face that but just to let them know that they are not alone and others have gone through this same trauma is essential. When I started to speak of my sexual abuse issues here I was terrified that I was going to be the only one, I know how difficult it is to type those words but when you get responses from other members saying they understand and have gone thru it too and you end up sharing how you get though the day, weeks, then months. We shouldn’t be afraid to discuss these issues here as long as they are within boundaries of the forum rules.
I do hope that Matt comes back; I think that this forum can give him a lot of support if he lets us. As long as I have been a mod here all the discussion regarding sexual assaults has been posted by females. I know that there is a high number of male sexual assaults and this has to be so very difficult for them to speak about as it does basically strip you of your confidence, manhood, and all that you base your self on. Oprah not too long ago had that football player on Leveronus (sp?) James (I dont know what team he plays for) but he admitted that he was assaulted by his mothers boyfriend for several years. Just watching it you could tell how hard after all those years it was for him still to talk about. These things never go away for those that suffered this abuse; we all should be kind, caring and respectful to those who post about these types of situations.