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‘I was handed a drink. I woke up in an empty room, except for an air mattress. I was completely naked. All my belongings were missing.’ Woman ‘hurt no one was looking for me’ after 3-day-long sexual assault

“There was a window in the bedroom. I tried to open it, but it had been nailed shut. Then, the guy I knew from the party opened the door. ‘As long as you’re compliant, you’ll make it home,’ he said. No one took any notice that I had been gone for 3 days. Not my family, not my friends, not my instructors at school. No one. I felt completely alone. Nobody ever asked me if I was ok.”

‘The red numbers flashed 302. I felt the bottom of my stomach drop. I thought I was going to throw up on the scale. The way I was living my life was killing me.’ Woman credits a ‘single, random conversation’ with her 95-pound weight loss

“A friend asking me to dinner could send me spiraling. What if they want to sit at a booth instead of a table? What if I don’t FIT in the booth? What if my stomach rests on the table? Every single moment of my life felt this way. The entire world felt like it was made for someone else. There wasn’t a single place I fit or felt comfortable.”

‘I shouldn’t have met him in a public space. I thought he was safe. He ‘knew me well enough’ to engage in a physical relationship.’: Woman shares incredible weight loss journey after ‘tumultuous’ breakup, sexual assault

“In high school, I was healthy. Then suddenly at 16 my world turned upside down. I began dating my high school boyfriend. The beginning was like a whirlwind. I felt so in love, I was positive I’d spend the rest of my life with him. I’d like to say everything was his fault, but we were both to blame. I was suffocating but couldn’t imagine living a life without him.”

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