Today’s feature is a story about overcoming abuse in a strict, religious family. In this story, K. Long discusses the many ways she tried to heal from what happened, from therapy to reading to journaling. What finally helped her begin the healing process was meeting other survivors and begin to share her story. She shares her story with all of you here as she continues in the process of healing and survival. Read K. Long’s story.
Our featured poet, Patricia Rickey explores the metaphor of animals, both as guardians and predators, in this lyrical poem. Check out her poem and the rest of the stories and poems featured during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Thank you to each of our contributors for sharing their stories. If you are interested in sharing your story, click here. Read Patricia’s poem here!
Today’s feature is a poem by Laura Connett about some of the challenges of leaving an abusive situation. She delves into the mental games that romantic partners can play to exert their authority and power. She also describes the courage that it takes to leave. Read Laura’s poem here.
I just received this submission from Jwahir and I found the poem incredibly touching. I am proud to share it with you here. Take a moment to read it and leave your comments! Also, we have featured a different story or poem every day this month, so make sure to check out the Stories and Poetry pages. And if you haven’t had a chance to read the e-journal yet, check it out here! Alright, now back to our feature. Check out Jwahir’s poem here.
In this poem, an anonymous women’s resource center client in Traverse City, MI gives a voice to her feelings. She also explores the idea of validation, something that we don’t realize is often times lost after a sexual assault. Although it appears her validation came after a startling life event, it is with great hope that her journey to recovery was assisted by these feelings.
Read Fears and Tears.
Almost like a mantra, Shana’s poem inspires us to take charge of our own healing with courage and conviction. I can imagine repeating these words to myself to help get me through some of the tough times when it seems like it’s never getting any better. This poem reminds us to keep our heads up and stay strong. That we have already survived and will continue to survive. Read Shana’s poem here.