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Letters to My Abusers [Sep. 4th, 2006|03:05 am]
After Silence
Letters to My Abusers - A Survivor's Project

I encourage anyone who is willing to get involved in this wonderfully empowering project for survivors. It's a way of taking our lives back one letter at a time, one step at a time. In a way it's like we're confronting those who've hurt us in the most powerful way. Please read this excerpt below from Stephanie Gagos, she's a great advocate and author for survivors of rape, secual abuse and domestic violence. You can contact her about this project through her web site at" http://www.letterstomyabusers.com

"I am inviting those of you who feel you may benefit, to take another step in your healing. For some of you this is just a stepping stone in the process, for others it just might be the first step you take in healing your childhood wounds. (Either way, I urge you to gather support for your journey if you decide to participate) Most of you will never send these letters and the truth is they are not for your abusers, they are really for you. They will allow you put words to your pain and your determination to survive.

Selected letters will be edited and published in a book called, Letters to My Abusers: What I Couldn’t Say Then. We hope that both men and women will participate and we are open to accepting letters from teens with parental permission. As of now it is an unpaid assignment but you will receive a contributor’s copy. Part of the proceeds will go to organizations that help survivors of sexual abuse." ~Stephanie Gagos (author)

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From: oraasen
2006-09-06 12:52 pm (UTC)
That's a fantastic idea!

Additionally, I wonder what the song was on your 'Voices of Strength' website? I'd never heard it before, and it was really beautiful.
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From: haulliefree
2006-09-06 07:27 pm (UTC)
It's called 'Damaged' by Plumb...it's a wonderful song, thanks for asking. :)

Love & Hugs, Haullie
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[User Picture]From: sheilanagig29
2006-10-30 03:07 am (UTC)
I have this idea I'd like to put out there. I noticed that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I was thinking about the little pink ribbons everyone wears. I was thinking that it would be interesting to have a day or a month in which everyone whose life had been affected by sexual abuse or assault wore some kind of button or ribbon to illustrate the sheer numbers in which this crime has been committed. Maybe a button that said something like "Proud to Survive" or something like that. It would remove some of the silence that protects abusers by making people see that so many people have been affected by it. If we started it here, and people asked what the button was for, it might catch on to the point where something was done about the problem. If people walked into the mall and saw more than half of the people around them are survivors, they might wonder why this problem is as big as it is, and why we aren't doing something. There might get to be honest programs to teach kids what they should be careful of and remove the cloak of secrecy in which SA festers.
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