To me, Independence Day means more than just celebrating our country, it means celebrating ourselves as well. Especially being a survivor of sexual assault it is important that we celebrate our Independence. We should acknowledge that we are independent of our attacker, we are independent of our emotional and physical pain, we are independent of our PTSD symptoms. Just because something horrible happened to us, it doesn't have to be WHO WE ARE. Today I celebrate my Independence from sexual assault and I know these negative experiences of yesterday do not define who I am as a person today but my strength will aid me in becoming the the person I will tomorrow.