Hi! I’m Lindsay I am 27 and was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. I went to a performing arts high school and graduated in 2012. I struggled in school. I didn’t get good grades. I thought I was stupid because I just didn’t understand and I didn’t want to ask for help. I want to preface this with saying I’ve never shared this with anyone outside a handful of people and honestly I’m scared to share it but I want to be able to be there for others who have been through the same thing. Sophomore year of high school I was sexually assaulted by another student.  I’m not ready to go into too many details about it, but I ended up taking him to court and nothing happened. His lawyer made me feel like it was my fault and for a long time I thought it was.

I didn’t think I was going to graduate, but my saving grace was theater. After I graduated high school I joined the US Army and did a deployment to Afghanistan and an overseas tour to Kuwait. I was medically retired in 2017. Then while I was in Afghanistan I found out that the man who had sexually assaulted me had died and I felt guilty. I felt guilty because I had horrible thoughts about him when we were in the midst of the trial.  I want to say this to anyone has been through something like this. First, it is NOT your fault. Second, you are so strong and you will come out the side. And third, there are so many people who are willing to be there for you myself included.

I graduated last year. Last year I also came out as queer. I denied who I was for a long time but I am beginning to accept who I am. I am currently going to school to get my BA in business so that I can open a queer bar. As well as working on writing scripts TV and movie scripts that feature LGBTQ+ characters.

I didn’t think I would ever be able to breath again. But eventually with the help of some amazing people I finally caught my breath. After the military I decided to pursue my dream of being an actress. I moved to LA to go to New York Film Academy and study acting.

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