I wish you made this a public post on your profile, Story Taller!
I'm sure some others would benefit from reading it!
I'm just thinking that maybe some of the persons who go through such experiences aren't keeping it to themselves precisely because they don't want to play the victim? An attempt to display power by denial?
Each of us has different ways of reacting to and coping with trauma. Talking about it is difficult. Not talking about it is difficult. Either way, I'm not sure anyone out there enjoys feeling like a victim.
You're right... the stories we hear... 😔