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It’s about time we end the suffocating silence surrounding sexual abuse. This blog is my contribution to that. Anonymously, at least for those who don’t know me. I’m female, and I was born in the Netherlands in 1986. My blog posts are in English (and contain links to Dutch translations if I have them).

I was twelve when I was first abused by a family friend. The abuse continued for about eight months. Only after having moved away from my home town, and while on an adventurous trip through Siberia, I felt the space and safety I needed to talk about my experiences. Upon my return, I started the long journey of healing.

One day I was terrified to share my story, like you perhaps are today. Now, telling my parents and siblings about what happened is the one thing that I am most proud of in my life. I’m writing this blog not only to break the silence, but also because I want you to see that my life changed for the better when I did. It was a giant leap into the unknown, but I’m glad I took it.