Survivor Story: Screams Never Heard

Survivor Story: Screams Never Heard

Sep 27

By: Anonymous, Levittown Hi, I’m 18 years old, & still have flashbacks everyday of my life. I sleep & wake up some nights frozen, it hurts to go back, physically and mentally. Wednesday, April 11th, 2012, I was only 15 years old. I was introduced by friends to this young man who’s name still makes me cry, I heard bad things about this kid but let it go, because I thought they...

Survivor Poem: Untitled

Survivor Poem: Untitled

Sep 23

By: Anonymous, Huddersfield  Hiding in the bathtub. Footsteps. I am scared this time. Bruises and cuts ache against the hard bath sides. I don’t want to play grown ups. Why can’t she understand. The door breaks. Loud voice. I retreat inside myself. My insides burn where she caresses them. It hurts but she said if I want to be a mummy i better get used to it. I apologise for getting...

Survivor Poem: Flashback

Survivor Poem: Flashback

Sep 22

**GRAPHIC- TRIGGER WARNING** By: A.C. Fernandez i remember the smell of sweaty genitals i remember the olive haze of Mediterranean skin i remember the shapes and sizes and colors of naked bodies and genital organs some so thick they could not enter my youthful opening others mercifully small the textures of pubic hair i remember thick fingers and rough hands, intrusive tongues and forceful...

Survivor Poem: The Simplicity of Innocence

Survivor Poem: The Simplicity of Innocence

Sep 17

By: A.C. Fernandez   a virtuous child’s undeniable trust safe in her simplicity free from dimension every perception leads to query an angelic aura adorned by the gem of eternity’s embrace her silent reverence honors emerging enlightenment eyes reflect a depth which cannot be exhaled a heart yet untarnished so pure and free to pulse offering vital life force to the universe a soul...

Columbia Student Refusing to be Silenced

Columbia Student Refusing to be Silenced

Sep 03

Columbia University senior Emma Sulkowicz survived rape the first day of her Sophomore year. In a performance art piece entitled “Mattress Performance” or “Carry That Weight”, Sulkowicz will carry a twin-size mattress everywhere she goes on campus as long as her rapist also attends Columbia. Sulkowicz has spent countless hours sharing her experience with others, often to...

Survivor Poem: Untitled

Survivor Poem: Untitled

Aug 27

By: v Boxed my shadow, Knocked her to the floor. Chased my demons, Locked them out the door. Strung out high, On brittle hope and fragile trust. Ceasing to deal, With his wicked lust. Learning to accept, An inconceivable truth. Clouded with secrets. Places where scars have wept blanket my soul. Vile eyes take me in. I turn my back, He’ll never win. The fingers that once clothed my body,...

Survivor Story: My Sexual Abuse Story

Survivor Story: My Sexual Abuse Story

Aug 16

By: Nikky My Childhood was not one of the ordinary. I didn’t experience the love, joy and innocence of childhood. From the age of 4, I was being sexually abused by my cousins. I didn’t know it at the time. They used to call it “Playing the Game”. Life went downhill from that point. I was now being raped by some other cousins; it was four of them in total. I was bullied at school, called all...

Survivor Story: Clearing Your Skies

Survivor Story: Clearing Your Skies

Aug 07

By: Claire, Richmond It was a Saturday. I was in his car. My dad had given me permission to go out. My big brother played with him he was a senior. We had eaten and went to see a movie. We were on our way home, when he pulled over, he said we could look at the stars. I was kind of anxious but I agreed but I didn’t want to look like a loser by wanting to go home early. The next thing I...