A night out with friends didn't turn out the way Stephanie Giorgi had planned. 2 days before her 27th birthday, she was sexually assaulted by someone who was supposed to get her home safely.
"I became that girl that nobody wants to be — a mess, a hot mess — to which point, the friends that I was with were like ‘Stephanie needs to go home,'" Giorgi says. That is when her friends called a car to take her home.
"I was sexually assaulted by the service driver," she says. "Between the time that I was taken home and the time that I had woken up, I was sexually assaulted."
Instead of discussing what had happened, she kept it to herself for fear or being judged.
That was when her hair started to fall out. In 3 months, she had lost 75% of her hair.
"I internalized it so much, that my hair began to fall out. Because I didn't cry, my body cried," Giorgi said in her video.
Every day then became a reminder to her of what happened.
That's when on September 29 she decided it was time to shave her head, so that she could properly move on.
"It was like a breath of fresh air," she says. "I could breathe again 'cause I didn’t have to see my hair fall out anymore."
Giorgi is now speaking out to other girls who may have experienced a trauma like this.
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