in 5th grade i got body shamed by 3 boys on a daily. they would call me flat, ugly, and sexualize 9 year old me. one of the boys sexually assaulted me nearly every day too. i told him to stop multiple times but was too scared to tell anyone because i thought it would just make it worse. one time, this other boy at recess witnessed it happening and told the teacher. i was called to the principals office where they asked me where he touched me and other similar questions. but they didn’t give the boy more than a 2 minute talk because “he was too young to even know about that kind of stuff”. no one believed me and i felt (and still feel) like it wasn’t even a big deal and my pain isn’t valid. it kept happening until i left the school, but the pain it caused me never left.
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