Honestly, I didn’t know what to think when I was asked to write for The Wish Dish. After checking the platform out and reading the stories, I met with Bryan and shared with him my story of how I had been raped in spring of 2014. I explained a little bit about my recovery and how I had bounced back and was stronger than before.
I knew that this was the story I wanted to contribute to the community. I knew people needed to be exposed to the reality of this horrid issue.
When I first started writing this piece From Raped to Redeemed | Why Hide?, I struggled. It was extremely hard to relive those moments and put into words what I had endured. I submitted the piece with honestly no expectations. Blogging and writing wasn’t new to me; but the large community was. I honestly never anticipated the response I received from so many people.
After Bryan posted the story on the Wish Dish, my mind was blown away. There was so much positive feedback from both girls and guys, many of which had experienced the same thing, others simply saying how brave I was for sharing.
I never really thought of myself as brave or inspiring or courageous. I’m a Plaine Jane, let’s be real. Ever since Bryan opened the opportunity for me to contribute, I can see the impact such a simple story has on so many people. It’s given me the opportunity to see that I actually can make an impact on at least one person; and just that one soul is good enough for me.
I never expected such a small story to be shared in such a large community. I never expected that such a small story would have such a large impact on people. I never expected such a small story, my own small story to have a great impact me, the author.
I realized I had the ability to give someone who has gone through similar circumstances a glimpse of hope. And that’s exactly what I’ve been praying I could do with this trial, make it into someone else’s victory. And being able to write for the Wish Dish is that answered prayer.