It started when I was nine years old. I was too young to realize the depths of which my friends would take me, till one day it escalated so far that they raped me. I wore my guilt with the shame I felt I deserved for a lot of years. But today, I've decided that what they did does not define me. I am a strong, capable, and virtuous woman. And if something like this has happened to you, you can decide the same thing I did, and not let what they did define your future forever.