Holding of Wrist is posting supporter-submitted & inspiring self-harm stories ever Monday & Friday of March, Self-Injury Awareness Month. Today’s blog comes from Lacey, please let this story inspire you as much as it inspired us. To share your story, click this!

I began to self-injure after a traumatic event. I was grabbed by a Hispanic man while walking late at night. I have many PTSD symptoms even though I wasn’t raped or abducted. I got away, but I still have flashbacks, nightmares and a feeling of vulnerability around men. Shortly after the attack, I began to hate myself for not reporting it. I had a huge feeling of guilt for being out so late; I blamed myself. It has taken me 17 months to tell anyone about my attack. That’s how long I have been self-injuring-since October 2011. I have been hospitalized three times for suicide attempts since then. Since I have opened up about my attack, I haven’t felt suicidal or felt the urge to self-injure. I hope it stays that way.