6 New Stories and Poems!

Here are some new stories and poems by survivors. Check them out, feel free to leave comments, and please keep spreading the word about End the Silence Campaign. Thanks for following ETS and stay posted!

M.L. Dickson – The End of the Innocence

“My journey into reality, self-discovery and truth has been painful and at times traumatic, but also enlightening, deeply spiritual and in the end, a blessing.  I have new sense of calm since I began sharing my story and no longer live the lie that my family was “perfect.”  No one has a perfect childhood, perfect life or perfect family.  The sooner we are able to discuss these truths—as my hero Frederick Buechner says, “ and do a little tongue wagging”—the sooner we will be able to break the cycle of dysfunction.  It is only by breaking the destructive cycle that we are able to do better for our children and future generations.”

Dawn Helmrich – The Journey

“It was that day, the air was crisp
My favorite time of year, fall,
I remember feeling so good
Walking, smelling the air
I was in such a happy place…
All at once it was over…”

Ashley McIntyre – Where Are My Legs?

“But now I need help.  It’s hard to admit that I cannot do this on my own.  It’s scary because a lot of people have already formed their opinions about what happened.  Andrew’s friends still gossip about it to this day even though it’s years later and we’re in college.  I never get a break from it.  It never leaves my mind.  So, I’m realizing that it’s okay to ask for help, and it’s necessary to let go of any concerns I have about what people think.  This time, it’s about what I need, and what I want.”

Anonymous – A Letter to the Girl Who Came After Me

“Now I can’t preach to you because I loved him, too. I stayed with him, despite the humiliation and torment and pain. But you should know all the facts. The next time he tells you he cares about you, remember that mouth told me I was worthless and that no one would ever want me…”

C.  Imani Williams – Sexual Violence in Lesbian Communities: Marginalized and Silenced

“The many smoke and mirrors that sexual assault hides behind in our community are being called out. As I continue to grow, stretch and heal I’m meeting people and learning of her~stories that are changing my life in positive ways.  Womyn are miraculous in all of our glory. We short change ourselves when we cocoon and clique up to the point of excluding womyn who differ from our comfort zone.”

Rene Graham – The Unanswered Letter

“Angst filled the room as the fragile young woman in her mid-twenties sat at the metal desk in her tiny, non-descript room in the psychiatric ward of St. John’s Hospital.  Peggy’s entire body trembled with anxiety and she could feel panic settling in.  She had a pen in hand, but hesitated at the thought of writing her cousin Dana… She hated herself for needing Dana, but she was desperate and there was no one else.”

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