I have come to the realization that I was raped at 12 or 13. Didn’t know up until about a year ago. I have been given a diagnosis of major depressive and borderline personality disorder. It affected the way I treated children, who are now adult. I am overwhelmed with feelings of guilt.
A: I am so sorry that you have had to learn about this event in your life. But this is the time to reach out for therapy. They have been many advances in the treatment of repressed memories and trauma. Please choose the ‘find help’ tab at the top of the page to locate a therapist who can be of help. The guilty feelings are understandable but what is most important right now is to find ways to relieve yourself of the burden of the reaction to this memory. There are some new treatments that may be helpful such as EMDR, which is specifically designed to help people who have had trauma in their lives.
Finally, I appreciate your courage and readiness here and hope your therapy will help you cope with the pain of these memories.
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 3 May 2013
Tomasulo, D. (2013). Repressed Memory of Rape. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 18, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2013/05/03/repressed-memory-of-rape/