Back then, I wished for someone who I could talk to… Someone who wouldn’t judge me or laugh at me for the questions I had to ask.

“I was sexually assaulted by one of my teachers back in India. I was only 14. It only happened twice, and as soon as I realised something was wrong I immediately left that situation. However, for the longest time, I was blaming myself for what had happened. I didn’t talk about it to anyone and I tried to deal with the experience myself. In India homosexuality, and just being gay, is still a taboo, but based on that experience and what I had heard from my friends I often questioned my own sexuality. It took me a good while to assure myself that I wasn’t gay, and I was only able to start talking about it openly a few years ago when somehow the topic came up between me and my girlfriend. I just simply broke down when I told her… Back then, I wished for someone who I could talk to… Someone who wouldn’t judge me or laugh at me for the questions I had to ask. I could’ve figured it out so much faster… That’s why I felt the urge to join NiteLine as soon as I started college. I have fielded hundreds of hours of calls so far but if I could help one person who really needed someone, for me, that’s just my job done.”

NiteLine Dublin is an anonymous, non-judgemental, non-directive listening service geared towards students. Our volunteers are available to take both phone and instant messaging calls from 21.00-2.30 every single night of term. Need someone to talk to? Freephone: 1800 793 793

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