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I have journaled about hope so many times. I know peace exists, because I’ve felt it. There are bits of my life that have had peace. And that’s what’s keeping me going really. I have the biggest hope and knowing that I can live a life with peace and love at ALL times

A weak Frenchman

You're gonna need time. And you've got to believe in yourself.

Whispers to War Cries: Finding your voice

I promise that IT WAS NEVER OUR FAULT! We can be loved after being humiliated and hurt, I never thought I would get married but I am marrying the love of my life next month! I promise there is beauty after brokeness.

Secrets of 2008

If I can share a positive message with you, it would be that the worst is behind us, we survived and we can thrive. We are NOT alone, and our stories are all uniquely similar. There is someone out there (like me) who knows what it's like. We can begin our healing journey together with love and kindness to ourselves and others.

You are surviving and that is enough.


I don't know what healing looks like. At this moment I only want to make it go away. I wish it never happened. I wish I was never friends with that girl to begin with. At the moment I'm torn apart between denial and acceptance. I really hope I can get to a place where this doesn't hurt that much anymore.


I Say No More because there are too many of us living and struggle with our everyday lives because we are ashamed about what another person has done to us.
Me for an example; my abuse was on and off throughout my childhood. The longest lasted 4 years. By me staying silent for so long, to I have PTSD, Emotional Disorder and Depression. I had to learn how to gain control of my life that I didn't know for the longest that I could. I'm taking it one step at a time.

i am a victim and offender of COCSA and im scared what to do

, When i was 6-9 years old I was sexually abused by 3 different girls (all older) this was a classmate, a close neighbor and an older cousin. The actions against me included, genital touching happening to me, forced to touch their genitals, forced kissing and attempted penetration, while this was happening to me my older cousin told me that "this what you do when you love someone" and i took that idea to heart, so when I was 10 years old i took this idea out against my 5-year-old sister, what I had done was not to severity to what happened to...

a place of wonder.

you will get through this, let it hurt, let yourself cry. don't dwell on your past, instead focus on the present.


you will eventually overcome, just trust the process

“I have learned to abound in the joy of the small things...and God, the kindness of people. Strangers, teachers, friends. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like it, but there is good in the world, and this gives me hope too.”


To me healing is an everyday process. For some people including myself, healing is not linear. Although over the course of many years I've been able to process the reality of what happened to me and fully realize that it's in the past, there are days where the mere sign of intimacy or touch send me back to my 7 year old self. Defenseless and stuck. I experience it all over again. However, I've learned that it's important to express these feelings in any way; whether it be writing, talking, creating artwork, etc. Your hurt and pain is justified...

A flame providing warmth is much more beloved than one burning a house down

It will get better. Maybe today the burden will be too heavy to carry, but slowly but surely as you drop particle by particle of it. You'll be able to fit it in a locket and forget about it. Don't ever be ashamed of yourself. Keep telling yourself to stop blaming yourself till it becomes a reality. Remember, what happened to you says more about the perpetuator than it says about you. So move on with all the strength you have in you. Ask for as much support as you need. Motivate yourself by the prospect of helping people with the same issues as...


An Early Win in the Never Ending War

I think healing for me is very much about the restoration of freedom and the ability to exercise my power, and nurturing the parts of myself that have suffered the most from sexual violence. But there is no part that is not affected, when our bodies and our very being are under attack. As a defiantly out, loud and proud, fat queer woman I have been gleefully taking up space and challenging gender norms since I was toddler and the moving men called me Butch, much to my mother's dismay. Because I have had to do much of my healing recently in iso...

A voice you always had.

No man or woman, no diploma, no drug, no vice will heal you. God will. Pray, study, listen to the words of wisdom. Don’t believe everything you feel.

Every step forward, no matter how small, is still a step forwards. Take all the time you need taking those steps.

The Scars Remain, But I Rise: A Survivor's Story

For over four decades, a heavy secret festered within me. As a male survivor of childhood sexual abuse by a family member, the shame is felt isolated and suffocating. The silence I held onto became a prison, but a voice now compels me to break free. A voice now compels me to break free, whispering, 'It's time to write this.

Name (18 y/o at time of assault) - Reclaiming my Voice

you are NOT alone.


Sexual violence is not foreign to my Black Queer body, despite my inability to always verbalize the violence that I have endured. My first experience of sexual violence started at the age of seven. Despite the trauma endured, I am resilient and the possible of healing. Throughout life I have learned the value of advocating for self and discovering true community. I am proud to share my story and to help those who desire healing just as I did/do.

It only took one painful walk into a police station to end my nightmare

I don’t know .

Once when I was 15

Believe there’s something way better

Taking ‘time for yourself’ does not always mean spending the day at the spa. Mental health may also mean it is ok to set boundaries, to recognize your emotions, to prioritize sleep, to find peace in being still. I hope you take time for yourself today, in the way you need it most.


Jesus loves you and me and He wants us to heal and He WILL punish those who harmed us in the worst way.

writing to process it

Freshman year started with the It's on Us training, all freshman packed into the basketball arena. Jokes about "drinking tea" started then and continued throughout college. He was there. Listening, making jokes about "tea."
The whole first semester we had been friends, and he had often hung out with me alone to minister to me, the heathen liberal from up north. I was lonely and was happy someone was giving me attention. It turned into a bit more than friends, but it had to be a complete secret. No one could know, no one could see me going up o...

I Thought My Body Wasn't my Own

It is not your fault. You are enough. You are worthy of healthy love.


I believe in us.

we were just kids

you are what you love, not what has happened to you.

“You are the author of your own story. Your story is yours and yours alone despite your experiences.”


For me there was and is no healing.


I know your sense of safety and trust has been damaged or revoked from. you. You deserve to experience true lobe, safety, and trust. I believe you are very strong and capable, keep on making waves in your own joinery of life. Remember you cn choose to heal from the pain, but suffering is not required. You are valid and heard, I will pray for you to receive all the love, healing, and guidance that you deserve.

Empowered and Free

May my words have the power to inspire, uplift, and encourage others who may be going through challenging times. Sharing my message of hope can help create a ripple effect of positivity and kindness. EMPOWERED WOMEN EMPOWER WOMEN.

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Coming to terms

At age 15, my doctor asked me if I was sexually active. I cried and said “sort of”. When she asked me why I was crying, I told her it was because I thought it was embarrassing. I’m now realizing that I was not crying because I was embarrassed but because I was ashamed.

freshman year

Be confident, your feelings are valid, trust your heart.

“We believe you. Your stories matter.”


To be able to let that feeling rest. Every day I feel like I’m leaking energy. When I remember something bad and I get stressed and I feel like I have to help myself or fix the problem, it sucks my energy away. I want to build a better life for myself where I’m safer and I can enjoy life and help others. I know bad things will happen again, but I’m hoping to heal because I feel like it will help me conserve my strength and energy to make a better life.

Safety Exit