assault can have a long lasting impact on the daily lives of survivors.
While it is never the fault of the victim, feelings of shame and
self-blame often cause survivors to isolate themselves. Survivors
of sexual assault sometimes try to block the event from their minds,
hoping the traumatic event will go away if they don't think about
believe that telling our truths releases the pent-up pain and
allows healing to begin. We also know that sharing our stories
helps others understand and lends courage to those who identify
with the words of other survivors.
have included a few essays and poems written by survivors of rape,
sexual assault, and molestation. If you have never been assaulted,
we hope the message of survival will touch you. If you are a survivor,
may you be inspired by these expressions of pain, hope, and healing.
be aware that some of this material may trigger some feelings.
We encourage you to wait to read these powerful essays and poems
until you feel ready.
activities such as writing, painting, journaling, singing, dancing,
and acting are among the many activities that may facilitate recovery.
healing is possible. You can do it. Help is available. You are
Thought It Was My Fault
Talk With An Uncle
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