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When the Fever Breaks

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When I was a PhD student at a university in Ireland, I was sexually harassed and physically attacked by an adult son of someone I trusted. The sexual harassment took place at social gatherings and progressed over time. It culminated in a physical attack in public during which no-one stepped forward to help. It devastated me at the time, but in order to move on I supressed the experience and kept it out of sight for years.

As a survivor of sexual harassment and a physical attack, I know well that one can get re-traumatized by events like Weinstein’s trial or Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony. When the news about Ford and Weinstein came, all that I so carefully put away resurfaced. It hit me hard, and I don’t know how I would have made it without the love and patience of my friends - thank you all for your kindness.

Now I would like to pay this kindness forward and make acts of kindness a regular habit of mine.

Be kind to each other. :-)


My story of healing through kindness:…
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