"B", 26 (nsfw)

by Joseph De Marco October. 30, 2017 7600 views

Trigger Warning: This post mentions sexual abuse.

Why did you volunteer for this shoot?

As a child, I was always fearful, timid, and nervous. As a teenager, and then young adult, that blossomed into anxiety and depression. Various labels were put on my charts throughout the years, but when I was 24, the absolute best and worst thing ever happened to me - I had my first flashback. Since then, I have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It answers so many questions, but is also by far the most agonizing trial I have ever been through. Every day is a fight with my own thoughts, with my own body. My brain constantly bombards me with critiques and insults, telling me that I am a horrible person, that I am a blemish in society, that I am defective and useless. And while I am so lucky to have a massive support system, it is still a battle that exhausts me to my core every single day. This body was used and abused by someone who had no right to it. And then I spent years trying to destroy it myself - sometimes subconsciously, other times with far more conscious and malicious intents. And while I am still (and always will be) a work in progress, it’s time to at least try and reclaim this body as mine. Not his, not something to be ashamed of, not anyone else’s body but MINE.

What do you love most about your body?

That no matter how hard I try, it never gives up on me.

"B" asked me to link to this video because "It is very accurate statistically and lists many symptoms that I showed at all age stages, and still nobody noticed. If I can help even one person - child or adult - it would mean the world to me."

Please take the time to watch the video, it may help someone.

Signs of Sexual Abuse

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