Canberra at night. Photo by TC Photography, courtesy Flickr.

Canberra at night. Photo by TC Photography, courtesy Flickr.

I am brave. I am #NotGuilty

I never believed in those advertisements or campaigns that always had some cliché slogan of, "Are you strong enough?" or "Can you overcome adversity?"

I never thought that they applied and I scoffed that we needed an advertisement to ask us if we had valuable traits that everyone should have; courage, bravery, resourcefulness, strength.

It wasn't until I was sexually assaulted by a stranger outside my inner north Canberra apartment that I actually asked myself these questions.

Would I let a single encounter destroy my life, my independence and my confidence?

Was I strong enough to do something about it?

Was I really brave?

I spent a week locked in my room watching movies, YouTube clips and reading books to distract myself from what really happened.

I could pretend I was just procrastinating for a few days about an assignment and not have to admit that I was slowly wilting into nothing.

No courage, no bravery, no resourcefulness, no strength.

Nothing.