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Why Does This Upset Me So Much?

TulipIceCream

TulipIceCream

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I was sexually assaulted and have PTSD from it. One time at work, I was triggered by a group of guys and ran out of the room with a panic attack. One lady followed me and I explained through tears and hyperventilating what happened to me a long time ago and sometimes I am reminded and need a minute to myself. She was really understanding. She said she had been assaulted also referring to an incident with a customer (old man gave her a hug) and she had PTSD now also. Then the next day she was announcing she was going to be an advocate for sexual assault victims like herself and she needed a break from work to have a moment to herself. I overheard her later claiming parts of my story happened to her during the incident with the old man (he would have been arrested!!) and claiming my symptoms happened to her too! What?! I wondered if she had been assaulted another time and this incident triggered her maybe? I felt sort of ok with her taking the attention off of my freakout and onto her. But at the same time I was upset with her comparing being forced into a hug to an actual sexual assault. And I have been forced into hugs too! And she stole my story and was using it to get attention!

About a year later when one woman who was heavily pregnant miscarried she tried to say she had miscarried twins when she was clearly not pregnant. She was mentioned in a newspaper article for high school sports and had it framed and put in greeting area of our workplace to show people how she was famous. After getting to know her I realized she was a narcissist and needed to be the star of the show.
 
SunnyDaze

SunnyDaze

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Omg @TulipIceCream that's such a horrible thing for someone to steal part of your story.

I've had similar happen online and it's such an invalidating, sickening thing
 
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