The First Sexual Assault (By That Man This Year)

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

[Trigger warning: This post contains details of sexual assault.]

I think before I finish out the story of the aftermath, I need to fill in the story of the first assault.

I’ve mentioned it multiple times. And I think it’s necessary to talk about. (And I’m sorry about the weird wonky order. I obviously have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to this.)

I did not want to have sex in my apartment… Not at all. I was not comfortable with that. I voiced it a bunch of times, and was totally dismissed. Funnily enough, if he just wanted to have sex with me, I would’ve been more than happy to have sex with him! I would’ve happily gotten us an uber outta my place…

It was a big deal for me to have someone in my new princess bed in my new New York apartment. And I wasn’t comfortable with that. And that was not a secret.

Even though I kept saying I wasn’t comfortable with the idea, he kept pushing. And pushing. And pushing. (And pushing.)

He had an event in the area I lived in that night. And he made it seem sooooo important to him that he stay with me. So, since I’d already stated how weird it was for me (multiple times), and he just kept pushing over and over, I thought I would be kind and instead of making him go out of midtown after his event in my ‘hood, sure, I’d let him come over.

I worked extra hard to unbox my new dresser, and get my room looking more normal and moved-in. (I didn’t really have the time for that, but it seemed soooo important to him since he wouldn’t drop it, that I made the time… And I was afraid of all the judgemental teasing remarks I would get if I still had furniture that needed to be put together and such… So, I just made the time.

I remember it all too vividly. The night was a mess. I basically sprinted home from work (knowing I was leaving behind work I wanted to get done, but was running out of time… so I’d just go in early the next morning).

There was sooo much styrofoam in the box my dresser was in that it spilled basically everywhere. And I was zipping my around apartment doing my best to get all the little pieces off the floor. It was so stressful… Not unpacking and putting together a dresser. That stuff is fun. It was stressful trying to get ready for him, and wondering how much I was going to be made fun of or judged if I didn’t have the dresser together or all the styrofoam off the floor.)

And even still (with the extra work I put in to make the place more presentable for him), he kept making so many comments about what I should be doing with the place… He started moving my appliances (without asking or checking in at all), just telling me how things should be. (It’s a very small point, and on it’s own might not be much at all. But he was exceptionally controlling and you could see it from the big things down to the tiny details like that.)

As we got into my bed, I was physically shaking because I was so uncomfortable. I know he was not oblivious because he commented on that shaking. And when he did, I told him it was because of how uncomfortable I felt. Then I begged him, “Would it really be that big of a deal if we didn’t stay here tonight?”

And he immediately got really in my face about it, and in a very upset/admonishing tone said, ‘Aurora! It’s really not a big deal for me to stay here! This is how it works when I have sex with women. Half the time we’re at my place. Half the time at hers. This is just how it’s done.’

Oh, uh… Hmmm… Well, I guess that’s how it’s done… I guess I’m being super unreasonable for having expectations of my own space…

Just for the record, this was literally the 4th night we’d ever slept together – and the other 3 nights had occurred almost back to back (to back) leading up to this. So, he’d been sleeping with me for less than a week. I’m not wildly unreasonable. (Or at least I don’t think I am… Or, at least I don’t think I am about this.)
(…Also, for the record, even if more than a week had passed, it doesn’t matter. I should’ve been allowed to have whatever timetable I wanted for when I was ready (if I was every ready) to share my home. I’m just saying… As far as he was concerned, I couldn’t even have one week to warm up to the idea.)

Also, for the record, if it had started to become a burden that I was going to his place so much – if he needed me to chip in on toilet paper, or extra sheets, or whatever, I would’ve been happy to. But there were no reasons I could see for why we had to use my place. He didn’t have roommates. He had a spacious apartment. He always seemed more than happy to host people – like it was something he loved to do. Why we couldn’t take half an hour to go to another borough I will never understand. Anyway…

So we’re in my bed. He shuts me down when I voice my concerns. I get a little quiet. And soon after, he started making moves – even though I have voiced (out loud) how uncomfortable and unsure I am, and even though even he has commented on the fact that my body language makes it seem like I’m uncomfortable (which I confirm…) Both verbally and non-verbally I have expressed I am not comfortable with this. Even still, he starts to climb on top of me – on top of my body that’s physically shaking.

My whole body tensed up and away from him (as much as it could with him on top of me). And the last two things I exclaimed (in escalating volume) before he entered me were, “I don’t know. I don’t know!”

And he said, “It’s time,” as he put himself inside of me.

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Do we need that one more time for the people in the back?

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The way he was able to look at me right in the eye as he entered me – even while I was tensing, up and shaking (and not in a good way), blew my mind. He stared in my eyes almost as though he thought we were in some rom com… He looked at me with certainty and almost pride – as though it was his job to ignore all of my uncomfortableness and plow forward to “fix” my problems. It seemed like to him this was some incredibly romantic gesture, and not sexual assault.

I don’t have a ton of sex hang-ups – in fact, I have exceptionally few. As I said, I would’ve been more than happy to have sex with him (in practically any way he wanted) at his place, or who knows where else – but not at my place.

I am allowed to have a boundary, and that’s not a game or a challenge.

It’s something I don’t feel comfortable doing.

Some people will say I just have regret now… And I do regret a lot of things. But I can’t regret the choice of him entering me, because I was not a part of that. I didn’t make that choice. He did.

He said “it’s time.” He climbed on my shaking body. He put himself inside of me after I let him know I was not comfortable int he least. And if a woman tells someone over and over any version of, “I’m not ready.” “Would you mind if we don’t,” and “I don’t know”… he is not getting her consent!

I wasn’t being subtle or nuanced. I didn’t want to have sex in my bed. And I voiced that. A lot.

He controlled the situation, ignoring my days worth of objections. I was furious, and almost didn’t understand why (because again, I said all the things I said to myself 8 years ago)…. “I mean, he’s someone I’m sleeping with… If we’d been in his apartment, I would’ve wanted to have sex all night. Sooooo if he’s someone I have an established sexual relationship with who has sex with me in a place/way I don’t want him to… Like, can I really be mad?” (Of course the answer is yes, I can be mad.  Consent is not a magical blanket that transcends all space and time… Just, at the time (and even still sometimes!), those were real wonders/concerns I had about my feelings/emotions… I felt very “silly” or “dumb” or “dramatic” for feeling that way… Sigh.

[Side note: I also do want to make a distinction between some sex nervousness and other sex nervousness, which I’ll do tomorrow…]

And then we’ll continue talking about this the next day.

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