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You are not alone, and help is always available. Get immediate support 24/7. Reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting COALITION to 741741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. It’s free, and everything you tell them is confidential, unless it’s essential to contact emergency services to keep you or your friend safe.

Kristine Irwin

Kristine is a Senior Recruiter for an information technology company in Pennsylvania, where she is married with two children. As a freshman in college she was raped by an acquaintance who left her on the side of the road for dead. She created a nonprofit organization called Voices of Hope where she shares her personal story and helps others share their stories of trauma and healing.

“Speaking about my story actually has been a really great way for me to heal.” 

“I no longer define myself as a victim. For a long time I defined myself as a fighter but also I define myself as a thriver… There are definitely some bad days still, but the good outweigh the bad.” 

“I used my eating disorder as a way to hide feelings that I didn’t want to feel. Whether it was sadness or anger or hurt or anxiety… I experienced PTSD, I battled a couple years of depression, and anxiety…” 

“It wasn’t until about…6 years after the rape, when I actually took some time off from being in any form of relationship and really learned to find myself and figure out who I was… because after I was raped everything changed. I knew who I was prior to it but I didn’t know who I was after.” 

If you can relate to this storyteller, below are some resources you might find helpful. For immediate text support, reach out to Crisis Text Line by texting COALITION to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor for free 24/7. You can also call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. It’s free and highly confidential, unless it’s essential to contact emergency services to help you or your friend stay safe.

  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America – If you are interested in learning more about identifying PTSD, click here for a comprehensive guide to symptoms.

  • Crisis Text Line – If you are struggling with anxiety or want to learn more about it, click here for a guide for understanding anxiety, identifying symptoms of it, and finding healthy coping mechanisms for it.
  • She’s No Longer Silent – If you want to learn from more women who have told their stories about finding strength in the face of trauma, click here for a collection of stories focused on mental health, injustice, trauma, and being silenced.

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