Dear @Possumpie, we wanted to welcome you to the forums and thank you for your compassion to other community members. It seems like you yourself have experienced grief over both living losses and the loss of a loved one (your Dad).
We’re sorry these things happened to you too. And that you suffer from PTSD as a result of the rape. Many rape victims don’t realise they may also be experiencing disenfranchised grief. We can lose so much as a result of sexual violence – the loss of our identity, loss of trust in other people, loss of faith in certain power structures like law enforcement and the legal system…the list goes on. We hope that you have the support you need to deal with any pain and distress.
We are really glad you’re here. Reaching out to others with compassion and understanding can be so therapeutic to them and to ourselves – which is something you clearly deserve. We hope you will keep contributing. We are here for you. 🌸