I posted last week asking people if they knew of some good resources for male victims of sexual assault. Here is the list people came up with:
1. Recognize that there is no-one who is ‘normal’. Love who you are and accept your differences.
2. Don’t think of your differences as inferiorities. They are all part of the package that make you “you”. And the world would be boring if we all were just the same.
3. Refuse to give up on yourself or your dreams. The biggest mistake you could ever make is to not try something in case it goes wrong.
4. Respect your own opinions, your viewpoints and beliefs. If people don’t like then, they can just get over it! Trust your heart and intuition – don’t just listen to others.
5. Don’t be afraid to express, and be, yourself. Develop your own style and your own creative flair.
6. Don’t listen to anyone who puts you down. It’s likely that they’re suffering from low self-esteem – hence they’re trying to feel better by criticising you.
7. Hang out with people who love you just for “you” – and who know that they have failings and hang ups, too.
8. Smile and be happy – you deserve to enjoy life. And remember life’s a journey; it’s not a race.
[Image description: A close up shot of a manatee hugging a human arm in a yellow and black diving suit. TEXT: “Everything is going to be okay. I know it feels bad right now. But things will work out. They always do.”]
Oh dear! I have accidentally covered Dr. Lynch’s copyright mark! This photo, and a few others we have taken, are from Dr. Wayne Lynch, who takes a lot of great photographs. If you have a minute, maybe send him a letter and tell him what wonderful work he does. He seems like a swell fellow.