On March 6, 2011 at 16 years old one of my best friends, Avery Peterson, raped me.

On November 5, 2016 I reported it to law enforcement.

This website is a collection of writings I have accumulated over the years documenting my journey of discovery, denial, self-hate, self-love, and other complexities of coming to terms with my own trauma. For me, I found salvation in writing, and finally after half a decade largely alone, I’ve found so much peace in sharing it.

My hope is it helps anyone who’s felt this way feel less alone in reading it, to start conversations that are long overdue, and contribute to necessary positive changes in our understanding and compassion as a society with the hope that this awareness may impact misguided legal language which contributes to a gross lack of justice served and a more dangerous world for all of us.

My name is Ashley Zaccaro. This is my story.