My name is Lynn and I’m a rape survivor as well as a rape counselor. I’m 45 years old but was raped at age 38. It was a drug facilitated rape where someone slipped a date rape drug into my drink while I was out of town on a business trip. It was this most difficult thing I’ve ever been through but also the biggest accomplishment to overcome. I now live a better appreciated life. Before the rape, I didn’t know what my purpose in life was other than raising my daughter and being the best mom I could. Now I know my purpose in life is to try and help other survivors cope. I started 4 years ago by volunteering at my local crisis center. After going through the training I realized this was exactly what I wanted to do. After completing the training I now work in the NEP (Nurse Examiner Practition). This is where they bring the survivor when the rape first happens instead of going to the hospital where doctors and nurses are not specifically trained in dealing with the rape and all the emotions that go with it. So I’m the first person they see (other than the officers, and the last person they see after getting their rape kit done). I consider this one of the most sensitive times the person will go through because it will either help towards the recovery process or if handle improperly will definitely set it back. So I’m there to make sure it is handled correctly with the care that is needed, deserved and most importantly without any type of judgment. When given the chance, I also try and counsel the family members and friends (if they are there) on what to do and what not to do to make it easier on everyone. Once I tell them that I’m a survivor as well, the connection is usually immediate and most take everything I say to heart. Before they leave I always set them up with free professional counseling. It is the best feeling in the world when they leave with a smile on their face and a glimmer of hope in their eyes.
I feel this is truly my purpose in life! So now I’m trying to reach out and give guidance to any other survivors out there that may need help. Especially those who maybe haven’t reported it or want to remain anonymous. It is a fact that the majority of rapes that happen are not reported and that is what made me want to do this website. If you would like support from someone who’s not only dealt with my own rape but also numerous others, please contact me.