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Raised by 32 people in 9 months
hello, so. in september 2017  my doctor put me off work following a PTSD diagnoses. my rapist came into the cafe i was in, smiled and waved to me.  seeing him spun me completely out of safety-control, and since have been wading through hellish symptoms, flashbacks and spiralling mental health. it's been an exhausting five months, and my family's life has been turned completely upside down. 

but what timing, huh? as #metoo takes social media centre stage, my personal journey is being echoed and dissected on every platform. at times i have felt held by this, hoping for tidal change. at others, it's been a nightmare. 

okay so, THIS CAMPAIGN! my service was cut off by bell "let's talk" mobility. with no $ coming in i have not been able to pay my bill in full, so overdue fees have been compounding. i borrowed a phone and called customer service, explained about why i haven't been able to pay my bills (struggling to keep roof over head/food on table for my toddler). i asked what kind of payment plan could be made. bell told me that unless i pay in full, i'll be sent to collections on march 7th.

finances have been extremely tight as my partner has drained his savings to pay our bills and buy our groceries. i have gone back to work very casually and have been hustling to meet my half of rent, but living constantly in flight/fight/freeze and paranoia makes taking on work difficult. my med doses have doubled since my diagnoses and my therapy costs are high. i am so lucky to have a loving and supportive family but there's only so much that can be done. 

i am asking that if you reading this are a cis/white male with #metoo related anxiety, guilt, or uncertainty on how to help sexual assault survivors, and you have some extra $ to spare, perhaps you can donate to keep my phone in service.

without cell service i would not be able to call for help if alone with my kid and in need of emergency care. i also twice this week longed to reach out to the mobility crisis hotline, but with crushing shame have not managed to ask to borrow someone else's phone to make that call. i have missed messages from my doctor to get prescription refills. the list goes on.

i recognize that as a cis white woman with parents able to pitch in i have a lot of privilege. i would not like to take funds from anyone else in the same boat as me or their own version, and i know as i continue to fight for my health and stability i will be able to turn and lend a hand to others.

i know so many men unsure of how to help in these shifting times. may i present a tangible opportunity to make a difference in one survivor's life and add to a sense of security which has been completely mangled.

xoxo
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hiiieee <3
today i paid off my minimum payment and regained service. i phoned bell CS to leave my contract and was passed along to customer retention. they offered me a $60 credit off the cost of buying out my contract & phone. they're hella pushy on the phone so tomorrow i'm going to go in and talk to a human face and leave my contract. thank you all so much.
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UM WOW
i'm going to leave this up for the rest of the weekend
anyone who has donated since reaching the goal i will personally write u and tell u where that $ will go. i think i'll put it on a no frills gift card, or towards my next phone bill once i leave bell and get a cheaper contract. thank you so much. money is embarrassing. but i feel so light and loved. thank you.
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i woke up and am $20 over my goal
thank you all so much
this was so hard to do/admit/not ignore/scary???
having this paid off and being able to switch to a service provider that isn't exorbitant and two-faced is going to feel so sweet.

but more so i can't believe in one night this weight has been lifted off my shoulders. i am practicing asking for help when i need it, if not for myself but to anyone in a same or similar boat who feels they can't. on the other side of fear is freedom.

i promise the more i heal the more i will give back. i promise. thank you all.
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WOW $245 already! <3
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