Personal Story: “He basically said he wanted to rape me….”

Posted On: April 17, 2022

Personal StoryPublished as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April

Many years ago, I had a male friend ask me out clubbing and if I drank. I replied I didn’t drink but would be happy to go clubbing with him one day.

He was being flippant about fixing a time and finally retorted: “What’s the point? You won’t get drunk and we won’t be having sex anyway.”

That reply traumatised me and for a long time after.

I was shocked beyond words. He was basically saying that he wanted to rape me without half a thought. This would be a date rape since a drunk person is not capable of consent.

I didn’t have any romantic or sexual interest in him and I would never consent to sex with him sober or otherwise. I was however open to getting to know him more, and seeing if my feelings for him might change. 

For him to think that getting me or any woman drunk so as to get sex revealed more about him than he realised. He was trying to “pull one” over another as some kind of mind-fuck or power game, and failed to recognise it as rape.

What I think and feel about him was irrelevant – I didn’t need to be making excuses for him. 

If what somebody reveals unwittingly says a lot about how they do anything – I knew I could never let my guard down around him and not trust to be alone with him.

He is a downright dangerous person!

I never associated with him again.

This is just one of many stories that I know without a shadow of a doubt that I won’t experience or have to worry about if I wasn’t born in a female body.

By the time I reached adulthood, I have hundreds of such incidences and stories that I could have recounted, and there was so much anger that I had to process about being born a woman, the gender roles, and the limitations imposed onto me because I am a woman.

And because I am in this female body, I am able to relate to with my female-identified clients in a way that I wouldn’t be able to if otherwise. For this, I am grateful – “turning lemons into lemonade”.

I am writing this to share: 1) You are not alone; 2) Your story is more common than you might realise; 3) I’ve done my own inner work to heal myself and I’m here to support you.

(Written on 16 April 2022)

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About Dr. Martha Tara Lee

Surrounded by friends who were sexually inhibited and struck by dire lack of positive conversations around sex and sexuality in Singapore, Dr. Martha Tara Lee set out to make a positive difference in embarking on her doctorate in human sexuality before launching Eros Coaching in 2009. Today, she remains dedicated to working with individuals and couples who wish to lead self-actualised and pleasure-filled lives.

She also holds certificates in counselling, coaching and sex therapy, and her fourth degree – a Masters in Counselling in May 2018. In practice since 2009, she is the only certified sexuality educator and certified sexuality educator supervisor by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) in Singapore.

Often cited in the media, Dr. Lee is the appointed Clinical Sexologist for Singapore Cancer Society. She was recognised as one of ‘Top 50 Inspiring Women Under 40′ by Her World in July 2010, and one of ‘Top 100 Inspiring Women’ by CozyCot in March 2011. She has published four books: Love, Sex and Everything In-BetweenOrgasmic YogaFrom Princess to Queen and {Un}Inhibited.

Martha works with individuals and couples in private coaching sessions, and conducts her own workshops. She takes prides in making sure all her workshops are also fun, educational, and sex-positive. This comes easily to her because even though she is extremely dedicated and serious about her work, she fundamentally believes that sex is meant to be fun, wonderful, amazing and sacred. As such, this serious light-heartedness has shone through again and again. For her full profile, click here. Email her here.

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