"No One Spoke Up For Us": Amplifying the voices of survivors of sexual abuse

My friend SwedishJewfish at Daily Kos is telling the stories of survivors of sexual abuse. She had recently discussed her own experience and since she received a lot of mail from other survivors, she chose to make today a day to focus on their stories. I’ll let the post speak for itself:

This will be a safe space for victims and survivors alike. Any trolls will be dealt with swiftly and harshly. I have a whole army of soldiers with their donut powder dry. If you make a trollish comment, you will get hidden (I request no pile ons) and ignored. Nobody will respond to you. It will be a complete waste of your time.

This also means that we need to be respectful of triggers, especially since so many of us here are dealing with freshly opened wounds. I have made every effort to mitigate triggers in this diary. After much back and forth, ultimately, I decided that those who sent me their stories deserved to have them told-even the ugly parts. What I have done is used a code to block out the parts that might be triggers in black-if you scroll over it, you can see the words.  

Many of these stories are gut wrenching. I have cried more in the past 2 days just going through them all than I can even remember. But they need to be told. And I think you will find that even within the heartbreak, there are many points of light. This tribute is full of tragedies and triumphs. It ends on what I hope is a positive note.

Please help us tell their stories.

@2 years ago with 5 notes
#sex abuse #sex #misogyny #queer #lgbt #gay #violence #rape #personal #stories #teaching 
  1. criticalqueer reblogged this from indiemcemopants
  2. indiemcemopants reblogged this from a-great--perhaps and added:
    a-great—perhaps: She also put up a donation page at RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.)
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  4. a-great--perhaps reblogged this from indiemcemopants and added:
    Please go read, comment or even share your story. Whatever anyone feels up to doing would be great.