Six years ago, I found myself in a situation that no person ever thinks as something that would or even could happen to them. 

I was choked
I was hit
I was scratched
I was nearly killed
I was raped

Six years ago, I became a different person. I had something stolen from me that eternally changed the very essence of who I was. Through violence, terror, and humiliation I was transformed. 

Six years ago, the bleak emptiness that I was left with, seemed impenetrable and my annihilation from any sort of normal existence, inevitable. 

Six years ago, I had no idea that life went on. 

Six years ago, I was a victim. 

Today, I'm a survivor. 

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