Rebuilding a life, restoring trust, resurrecting confidence are monumental tasks – they are exhausting, frustrating and tenuous undertakings, readily undermined, frequently challenged and never assured. They are intensely personal and intimate acts and yet, necessarily, social and public. You cannot do them alone and yet, you can only do it yourself. Without the understanding, compassion and support of others it cannot be done, but only your bravery, resilience and persistence will achieve them. This is what it means to survive rape – this is the cost and the achievement of survival, the despair and the hope.