One Night.One night. One night is all that it takes for your life to change. And before that night, I was a virgin.
My name is Danie Lynne, I am 18 years old and a Freshman in college. All my life, I have been a pretty typical person. I never got into trouble and I had friends and was good in school.
One night, my friend invited me to this party that her friend was throwing. I had never had alcohol, let alone a real party before. I was nervous, but some what excited. My friend and I got ready together and then headed off to the party. The party was fun and everyone was having a good time, dancing and drinking. I was introduced by my friend to this guy named Tyler. He was cute and very charming. He and I had talked all night and we were having a great time. After awhile, he noticed that I was drinking. He asked me if I wanted a drink. I initially refused, but he convinced me that it would be fine. He went to the kitchen and made me some type of mixed drink. I didn't think anything of it because he was so nice and didn't seem creepy or dangerous at all. After I drank my drink, I began to notice that I was losing my sense of balance and I became very disoriented.
It was coming to the end of the party and my friend and her boyfriend were getting ready to leave. She asked me if I needed a ride, but Tyler jumped in and said that he would take me home. AT the time I didn't think anything of it so I agreed. As everyone left, I was sitting on the couch and I was feeling more and more disoriented.
I think I must have fallen asleep on the couch because all of a sudden, I realized that everyone had left and that Tyler had picked me up and was carrying me to his room. He lay me down on the bed and I was so confused. He starting kissing me and told me that I was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen. I starting feeling sick and I told him that I wanted to go home. all of a sudden, he lay on top of me and told me that I wasn't going anywhere. That's when I knew I was in serious danger. I starting shouting and telling him no and hitting him but I was very weak. I must have passed out because I can't remember all of what happened next.
The next morning, I woke up in his bed, completely naked. I was terrified and confused. Tyler was sleeping so I got up quietly and grabbed my clothes and headed for the bathroom. When I looked in the mirror, I was horrified. I had two black eyes, a bloody swollen lip, and bite marks and bruises all over my body. The worst of all was that I had blood all the way down my legs. I started to cry but I knew I needed to be quiet so I wouldn't wake him up. I immediately called my friend to come get me. She picked me up and she burst into tears. She then immediately rushed me to the hospital. At the hospital, they did a full exam and contacted the police. The nurse later told me that they found traces of rufilin and other drugs in my system. I had never taken drugs so we all concluded that Tyler put them in my drink.
This is the absolute hardest thing I have ever been through in my entire life. It only happened a little over a month ago. I am taking this all day by day and have sought help in the form of counseling. I am so blessed to have such a supportive network of friends and family around me.
To who may ever be reading this and going through the same thing,
I just want you to know that you are not alone. I cannot stress that enough. Remember that, you are not alone! I pray for all of you and send hugs and love your way. Stay strong <3