Is this what surviving feels like?

I am almost 40 years old. It went on for twelve years but it has been 18 years since the last time.  So, why do I sometimes feel so young? 

I’ve seen some of my male friends saying ignorant stuff about sexual assault. One of them questioned why rape is worse than any other violent crime. He blathered on about how women overact. It makes me queasy repeating it. The violation is inexplicable. He took something from me that can’t be healed. I was a child. Sometimes I still feel like I am… 

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