How To Deal with Sexual Assault..
In middle school, I believe it was the seventh grade, I was sexually assaulted by my gym teacher. He was erect and touched me inappropriately. After it happened, I remember not addressing it immediately. I don't know why I was scared. I remember dropping subtle hints about it to my assigned homeroom teacher. She then proceeded to explain to me that I wasn't the only student to feel uncomfortable around the gym teacher.
As time went on (about 2-3 days), I told someone. That part is a blur but I do remember having a meeting with everyone. I did a Q&A with the police and everything. And you know what? He wasn't arrested and he wasn't stripped of his position. The bastard still had a job there; He still works there.
All they did was excuse my absences for about a month, I was forced to return back to his class. After the whole incident, I remember being nonchalant about it. I didn't really know how to feel. But once I went to eighth grade, I became depressed. Like to the point that I wanted to die. I've never voiced out that part but oddly enough the only thing that stopped me was going to high school. I wanted to know what it was like. I wanted the whole High School Musical experience but obviously, we do not live in a Disney-like world. My depression went away once I started, at least that's what I thought.
Fast forwarding to now, how to deal with sexual assault? You don't. Due to being nonchalant about the assault for most of the time, I think that's catching up with me now. Nowadays I've found myself depressed but I don't desire to harm myself in any way. I find myself being more emotional after keeping in these feelings for so long. I'll be okay, everything will be okay. I'm a strong girl despite having anxiety attacks most times.
Also, I've found writing, which I do often, as a great coping mechanism. I feel at ease now, writing this out. Anyways, be sure to always stand up for yourself and kick someone's ass if needed. Things do get better!