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Laurie Beth: Claiming Back Her Womanhood

May 22, 2018

“I’ve shied away from this photo for over a year because the sexual assault and aftermath made it unacceptable to express my sexuality, as I was the slut that lied about being raped. I now embrace my femininity and appreciate the vulnerability it’s takes to express one’s self.”

     

CW: Rape & Sexual Assault

 

      Laurie Beth Johnson-Kesterson shared her story with us in honor of Sexual Assault Survivors' month. She recounts her experience:

 

“The actual experience was far less brutal than the aftermath of the social exile, as I don’t remember the actual encounter, but do experience flashbacks.  After making the decision to report, I was immediately outcast. Coming from a small private school in Tuscaloosa, it was a betrayal that I had gone outside of our small community to ask for help and they made sure to let me know that for over a decade following. I was blackballed from sororities and kept out of cotillion for reporting. They now target my businesses.”

 

     As happens in many sexual assault cases, Ms. Johnson-Kesterson recalls that the event, “was confusing because I thought he was a friend. Because of the date rape drugs I was unable to remember large chunks of time for days following. It was not the first time a HS guy would have lied about having sex with me, so it was easier for me to deny it at first.”

 

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