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.