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**Trigger warning: sexual assault
I am afraid of my bed.
I am also afraid of heather blue shirts. Men’s voices make me jump. I am constantly scanning crowds, always looking for the closest exit. I sit with my back to the wall. I no longer eat at Servo for lunch or dinner, or walk down a specific pathway as a shortcut home. Instead, I take the long way through the middle of campus to get back to my room. If I see someone with the same haircut or wearing similar clothes, I start to tremble. Unexpected touches from male friends, acquaintances, and strangers make me jump away in fear. [excerpt]
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Love, Emma, "You Know One of Us" (2020). SURGE. 355.