Leena decided to share her personal story for several reasons. One is to reduce the stigma associated with talking about addiction and being a survivor of sexual abuse. She also decided to do it to hopefully affect some change.
The fact that people have to wait a significant amount of time up to a year to get the assistance they need. According to her, it is not acceptable. Lena is hoping by sharing her story that others will join her in advocating for improving services. Particularly for women, who are struggling with addictions and people who have survived sexual abuse.
Her abuse took place over 20 years ago. At that time she was a teenager and her partner was a binge drinker. She became a victim of sexual abuse. Resultantly, she has battled depression and alcoholism too for a long period.
Due to these circumstances, she was going for suicide but one of her friends saved from doing so. After extensive counselling and stabilization, she was fortunate enough to become healthy and return to life.
It is a very difficult decision for everyone who decides to share stories. Lena thinks from her perspective, you can help society by sharing your story. So the reaction she has gotten was overwhelmingly positive. She has heard from people from every point in her life from every aspect of her life.
Facts about sexual assault and alcoholism
The prevalence of sexual abuse is difficult to calculate due to underreporting. However, studies suggest alcohol plays a significant role in sexual abuse.
According to the Centres for Disease Control, 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls are sexually abused before the age of 18.
16-19-year-olds were 3.5 times more likely to be a victim of rape, attempted rape or sexual assault. 35.8 percent of sexual assaults occur between the ages of 12 and 17.