I want us to stop worshiping the martyrs and start praising the survivors.
It’s forcing yourself to get up and move on because you can’t stay broken forever.
Brock Allen Turner was arrested on January 18th, 2015 outside of the Kappa Alpha fraternity at Stanford University. The reason for his arrest? Rape. In June of 2016, the formal rape charges against Turner were dropped.
She survived. She did. But the thing about trauma, is that even when it is over it never really goes away.
The memory is now as much a part of me as the tattoo on my collarbone. It refuses to leave, refuses to let go, refuses to be forgotten.
As weird and jumpy I am now, it was even worse while we were still dating. Anyone who raised their voice or got frustrated with me would then see me basically dissolve into tears.
have loved men
who named my mouth
Women throughout time, have been subjected and oppressed by sexual violence at a level that most men will admittedly never experience, but if it’s important to give victimized women a voice, that same voice should be granted to men as well.
I got so used to fighting that I don’t know how to lower the gloves and say the fight is over.
My story is not unique. Not even a little.