She started having more arguments with her parents as they were constantly frustrated by her unwillingness to get up to go to school.
What her parents weren't aware of was that she slept very little throughout the night due to nightmares.
However, the lasting effects of rape can be mitigated by uncovering the power that may feel like it was cleverly concealed.
So many survivors believe that they are alone on a journey.
Her parents again intervened and sent her to a therapist.
Again, she was not asked directly about a history of sexual assault.
At one point, she was referred by one of her professors to student services after coming to class intoxicated.
She was reprimanded for poor judgment and placed on academic probation. Fights with her boyfriend became more frequent and at one point she began to cut her arms "just to get a hold of herself." She started to think of suicide.
When Ella returned home for the summer, her parents immediately noticed a problem with her drinking.She explained her irritability and at times violent outbursts.She was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and sent to a psychiatrist who gave her medication.After that, her mother asked her to come down to dinner.Knowing that her absence would be noticed, she sat at the dinner table pretending as if nothing happened.