from FLASHFLOOD Studios
I have PTSD. It’s from events that occurred when I was young; events forced me to learn first hand that sometimes when you go to authorities and ask for help they respond by breaking your soul. Some of you out there know what I’m talking about, and I love you for going through too many things none of us should have ever experienced. I survived as a person and not just as an empty shell because of the people who lifted me up when I needed it. It took me years to get past what happened. I won’t say I’m over it; just that it is now glaring at my back instead of standing in front of me and stopping me from moving on.
I’m not going to go into any more detail than that. Don’t ask. I don’t need to relive it, and you don’t need it in your head.
I’m telling you this so you can understand that while I haven’t experienced prolonged sexual abused or harassment in astronomy, I do have the capacity to try and explain what it means to be a survivor and to help you occupy the emotional space that survivors ...