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Thank you so much for your hard work, for sharing your story here, and for making it through. :)

Scarleteen's how I discovered my own anatomy when I was a 17 year old college freshman, and I think it's had a hugely positive impact on my life over the years. My childhood wasn't as bad as yours, but I remember when my college fired the diversity counselor: I told her, tears pouring down my face, that she'd treated me better than anyone ever had. People like her, like your guy, and like you really do mean so much.

I've decided to support Scarleteen on a monthly basis. I'm growing, coming into my own, like I have been for years--and reading Scarleteen still helps me sort out my issues and insecurities. Not just in sex (I'm celibate while I grow into someone with the social experience and self-confidence to consent meaningfully--or decline--whenever the idea next comes up) but in learning that I mean something. I'm 20 years old, and when I was younger, I felt like I was too old to still have whatever issues I had--no matter what age I was. Now I realize that I'm strong enough to accept what I am, how I feel, where I am in my life, and not worry about expectations (whose expectations, anyway?). I don't think I'd be sane without you.