A woman on Facebook has shared a picture of her experiences with being raped and she has since been inundated with positive messages.
A few days ago, she shared a post from a woman she met in an art gallery, sharing how she was raped by a man she knew from a previous relationship.
“It felt like a slap in the face,” she said.
“I felt like I wasn’t valued for the same thing as the men in the gallery.
And when I thought of that woman, I thought, well, how can I support her?”
She decided to share the post, and after seeing the reaction, she realised how powerful it was.
“Within a matter of hours I was bombarded with messages from women, saying, ‘It was your first time.
It was so painful, but it made you feel amazing’,” she said, adding that some women had shared similar stories.
“And I was like, that’s so awesome.
One of the women who shared the post said she had been raped by her then boyfriend.
“When he left, I was devastated,” she told BBC Trending.
“You know, I’m just trying to get on with my life, but there’s something so traumatic and terrifying and horrifying in a situation like that that’s not really talked about enough.”
She said she felt the need to share her story because she felt she had to.
“If you’re on Facebook and you’re feeling that you’re going to be raped, you need to talk to someone,” she added.
Facebook user @marielle_gwibby shared a photo of her experience being raped at the hands of a stranger on Facebook in April.
“He grabbed me by the neck, pinched my throat and told me to shut up,” she wrote.
“The only thing I was scared of was getting a restraining order against him.”
Facebook user #GwibbysNakedLover, who says she’s been sexually assaulted and raped, shared the same experience of being raped on Facebook.
“My boyfriend was a good friend of mine and he took advantage of me when I was a teenager, and I think I’m still afraid of him today,” she explained.
“A lot of people in our community have told me I’m not going to make it.
They say I don’t know how to handle myself, and that I’m too weak.
I think that’s something that’s really hard to get through to.”
Facebook User @Samantha_Chen shared a Facebook post she made about being raped.
“Being raped is one of the worst things you can ever go through in life, and yet I’ve managed to make peace with the experience,” she shared.
“For a long time, I kept thinking that I would never be able to be happy with myself.
That I would regret this for the rest of my life.
But now I feel so much better.”
Facebook commenter @BellaCeleste said she was sexually assaulted by her boyfriend.
She said her experience was similar to that of @marianelle_goz.
“In the end, it was so horrible that it felt like my pain was worth it,” she posted.
“This happened to me a couple of times in the past year, and it felt just like I was getting raped again.
I thought I had it all figured out, that I was good, that nothing was wrong with me.
I had a plan, and my plan was to get the man out of my relationship.”
The experience “really opened my eyes to the fact that it’s not okay to just be vulnerable about this, and not have any kind of control over what happens to you or what you think happens to someone else,” Bella Celeste said.
Facebook Commenter @samanthavian_ shared a similar experience of rape she said she shared on Facebook after a man approached her.
“At first, I felt that I should be able say no,” she tweeted.
“But as the night went on, I started to think, I don, I should just keep talking, and just listen.
She added: “At one point, I realized I had no idea what to say. “
Even though I didn’t think I was going down that road, I just decided to keep silent, and kept thinking, it’s okay to be silent.”
She added: “At one point, I realized I had no idea what to say.
I’m pretty much a virgin.
I just assumed that I didn´t deserve to be hurt, that it wasn’t my fault.”
A spokesperson for Facebook said that they had contacted the woman and her boyfriend about the post.
“While the post in question has been removed, we have spoken with the woman, and they have apologized for the inappropriate comment,” a spokesperson said.