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True Story: My Babysitter Learned From Porn How To Molest Me

By July 5, 2017 No Comments

The following story is a personal account that was originally posted on Honey, an organization dedicated to stopping the silence on the subject of sexual assault. Honey is a bold, empowering organization that seeks to change the public attitude about sexual assault through the real, raw testimonials found on their site known as Truths. Check out thetasteofhoney.org to see what Honey is doing to #StopTheSilence.

*Trigger warning. FTND note: Many readers may find the following article to be graphic and/or disturbing.*


I was probably nine and she was around 14. Everything about my babysitter was sharp. Her eyes, her mouth, her fingers and her bones. Violent and bossy, she was much larger than me and took pleasure in dominating me. She would babysit me through the summer, and I often slept over.

On days when we were mostly alone she would pull out her dad’s hidden porno mags. Flipping through those pages she devoured the images. I suspect he had VHS’s as well. I now understand the enormous role those images played in my abuse. While the abuse was ongoing, there are two occasions that are permanently inscribed onto my heart.

Sleepovers Became Nightmares

Staying the night. Staying until morning. Where is the sun? At the end of the day her mom would tuck me into bed beside my abuser, turn off the lights and shut the door. Each time I would internally scream for her to leave it open. As the handle turned securely into place a dread washed over me. I was trapped.

These sleepovers were the most painful. Her razor edged bones pressing into the soft parts of me – her body hot and heavy on top of mine. Whatever she learned from her dads smutty secrets she would enact upon me. I would lie as still as possible, motionless. Learned helplessness, I think its called. I had no control over what was happening to me, I learned that very quickly. Eyes closed so I didn’t have to see her palpable excitement. Lips clenched so that I wouldn’t dare let out a whimper. How long would it last this time? How long until I was home with my hidden bruises?

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One vividly sunny summer day she was pushing me on the tree swing. It didn’t last long when she insisted we go play on her families boat. Once we climbed up and in the large vessel she began her usual routine except this time it was different. She was no longer satisfied with me lying like a lifeless fish. She demanded I “try to get away” and “pretend like you don’t want me to.”

This has had a profound effect on my life. I was confused. I didn’t want her to. I wanted more than anything to get away. Following her order I started squirming, fighting back for the first time. Trying to turn over on my stomach to pull myself away she became even more forceful; then violent. I was complying to what she told me to do, but I was just being attacked…touched, harder. This reinforced that there was no escape. It also introduced a lifetime of confusion. I can’t really explain what this exactly did to my psyche, but it has been the most backwards and hard fought battle of my life.

Then Came Shame And Isolation

Growing up after this, I had a distorted view on women. I never took to other girls my age very well. I would much rather have friends that were boys. Girls were not to be trusted. Girls were evil. At 12-years-old I began dressing in all black and exploring alternative ways of being and experiencing the world. I became misunderstood by my parents who never had any inclination of my abuse.

I struggled with shame and mental isolation. In the 10th grade I started doing drugs, mixing and matching cough medicine and pills. My past abuse caused me to have an abnormal view of sex which also affected my marriage. Since sexual abuse by women is such a taboo subject, I had never heard of any other stories like mine which left me feeling doubly silenced.

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I have just recently started to bring my darkness to light. As a conceptual photographer I am starting to use photography as a platform for exploration and healing. I refuse to be shamed or silenced any longer. I am currently looking for therapy for the first time in my life and I am searching for avenues in which to help others. Let’s stop the silence together.

– Macie

Why This Matters

Science and research have proven that it is difficult for even non-violent porn viewers to be uninfluenced by what they watch. Study after study has found that even watching “regular,” non-violent porn is correlated with the viewer being more likely to use verbal coercion, drugs, and alcohol to push women into sex. These studies also show that those who consistently watch non-violent porn are more likely to support statements that promote abuse and sexual aggression towards both women and girls because porn portrays an unequal power difference between partners where men are dominant and women are submissive.

Finally, an analysis of 33 different studies found that exposure to non-violent porn equally increased aggressive behavior the same as viewing violent porn. These effects include having violent sexual fantasies which can lead to actually committing violent assaults. Not surprisingly, the more violent the porn, the more likely the user is to support and act out in violence.

Porn leads to Violence

What YOU Can Do

Speak out against the harmful effects of pornography and its ties to sexual assault. SHARE this article and spread the word that porn kills love. See what you can do stop the silence by supporting organizations like Honey.

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