An Interview with Sienna: A Survivor of Sexual Assault

Don't Lose Hope

“Recovering from sexual assault is scary as hell.”

I am a survivor of sexual assault. Although it is painful to share something so personal in a public setting, I feel it is important, and I’m proud of myself for taking this step.

People often ask me: “Do you ever get over something like this?”

And my answer is: “To be absolutely honest, it is always with you. I’m not sure the healing is ever complete. It’s a complicated, and on-going, journey.”

Sometimes I feel I’m back to being my normal self again, and then I’m triggered out of the blue, and I feel I’m a mess again. Thankfully, that happens less frequently now.

One of the worst things for me is not being able to fully enjoy sex myself, or to watch sex in movies etc. Basically, what is normal, and healthy, and fun has become tainted by my experience…

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