Name of artist: Wanda Koessler, Survivor & Advocate
Gender: female
Type of abuse: acquaintance rape
Age at time of abuse: 29 years
Message: Itís not my fault. I didnít ask to be sexually assaulted, raped or abused. I beat myself up for a long time about all the things that I should have done to prevent the assault. But I realized that I didnít ask or deserve to be raped, just because I had been drinking. I heard the societal messages being played in my head regarding rape. Once I was able to acknowledge that those messages were wrong I was able to recognize that the rape was not my fault. Get angry! Itís not your fault. Itís not my fault.

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