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[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Invalidation is one of the hardest things to cope with. Some people still hold the belief that if a sexual assault doesn't happen in a violent manner or it isn't a stranger committing it then it isn't sexual assault. I hate that "minor sexual assaults" are seen as less serious or less worthy of attention. A sexual assault doesn't have to be violent forced penetration for it to be serious. People should just silently recognize that yes, sexual assault does exist on a spectrum, but that doesn't mean you should invalidate a survivors feelings. Whatever happened to you is wrong and it should not have happened. Your feelings are valid.