Podcast: How Sexual Assault Changed My Life

Podcast: How Sexual Assault Changed My Life

April 4, 2017

Produced by Katie Kuhn and Rebecca Schimke, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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“It came up casually in conversation. He died. What? No one thought that would be something I would have liked to know? It happened years ago, but to me it was like yesterday, every day. I relived the abuse daily. It affected so many facets of my life.”

These are the words that Rebecca Schimke used to open the doors on a story she shared for Sexual Assault Awareness Month last April, 2016. This blog, posted on United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County’s website, was the first time Rebecca had shared her story publicly.

We sat down with Rebecca, at the time a United Way employee, for this podcast interview last April. Rebecca shared her experience with sexual assault as a child, what it felt like to tell her story, and what happened after. It’s been a year since this conversation, and in the meantime Rebecca has moved to a new job and her son is turning two in June.

Read Rebecca’s April 2016 blog post.

Learn more about The Healing Center, a United Way program partner and the agency where Rebecca accessed services.

April 26th is Denim Day, so don’t forget to wear jeans in solidarity with survivors. Learn more about Denim Day Milwaukee.

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