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?“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” ~Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie?“I think writing really helps you heal yourself. I think if you write long enough, you will be a healthy person. ~Alice Walker? If you don’t know the trees you may be lost in the forest, but if you

Tonya's Top Picks for Best Sexual & Domestic Violence Storytelling for Survivors

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One of my best writing teachers taught me a great lesson.   Read, read, read.  Write, write, write. The best way to learn to write is to study the story telling skills of others.   Like building a house.  Now, we take our materials and build on top of that.  How about we come up with some great books that help.  But will anyone listen? I’ll admit.   It is

Survivors Have the Right to Tell Their Stories

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SilenceYou have the right to remain silent. I learned about the Miranda rights case in my 8th grade Civics class.Great lesson. Remaining silent can actually keep you out of prison. Got it.That was pretty easy. That went right along with the family’s commandment. “Don’t put all your business in the street.”  SpeakingBut who teaches when to speak? Who teaches us how to speak? Specifically, who teaches us how to talk about rape or sexual abuse?There are no classes for

Is this the Real Truth about Sexual Violence that No One Wants to Say Out Loud

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Okay. True stuff.   I have a condition called fibromyalgia.   I know. Most people have never heard of it, but it has been known about for centuries.  All I can tell you is I am in physical pain 24/7 365.  I am exhausted, etc. etc. etc. But I am also happy, filled with joy, love, hope, gratitude, humor, wisdom, and curiosity. So, I’m blessed. But check this out:   About 2

Lena Dunham, The Duggars & Activists: The Low Down on a Divide in the Activist Community:

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Update: 10/24/2015 While researching another post I discovered that there were several other bloggers and websites who had taken the position that Lena Dunham, by her own admission, had groomed and molested her sister as a child. Add WESurviveAbuse to that list. While I don’t agree with every point of view put forth, I do agree that accountability is important to victims/Survivors and society.  Links are at the bottom of

Why I am So Thankful for the Sacrifices that Black Folks are Making to Fight Sexual Violence

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It stings.  It burns. It hurts like hell.  You will never forget the pain.  All wounds must be thoroughly cleaned in order to effectively heal. When I was a kid I cut my left knee on a metal sliding board. I remember screaming like somebody sliced my knee off.  The gash was no bigger than a dime, but I was one of those kind of girls. Intense and dramatic. My

How Anger Helps Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

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Imagine it is your 18th birthday.   A well dressed stranger comes to your home. He has news for you. He tells you that you have inherited $550 million dollars payable upon your 18th birthday.   Hey! That is today. You jump up and down.  Cry, get excited.  Dance.  Think of everything that you will buy. Think of all the people that you will buy great things for.   You calm down a

High Five from WESurvive: 3 Crucial Life Lessons from Survivor LaQuisha Hall

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Survivors are my favorite people.  Hands down, no contest. I love their war stories, their wisdom, their testimony.  They inspire me.  I weep with them.  I serve them. I fight with them in battle. I’d like to bring to your attention some of the awesome Survivors doing great things.  WE call it: High Five from WESurvive Meet Our Honoree Our first honoree is Mrs. LaQuisha Hall. I am so proud

What's In a Name: A Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse names Her Rapist

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Did I tell y’all about that time that they printed a speech  I delivered in public in the paper?  Well, that isn’t even the most interesting part.  The most interesting part was deciding whether or not to name the child rapist from my past. I bring this up because of this story that is in the news–>>  A Retired Virginia Army Colonel sues a woman who accused him of rapeIt seems

Why Does Society Make it Difficult for Survivors of Rape & Abuse to Come Forward? Part 2

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Why Does Society Make it Difficult for Survivors of Rape & Abuse to Come Forward? Part 1     7.  Every choice that you ever made (sexually) is scrutinized.  They have questions. Everybody.   Q: How many intimate partners have you had?   Q: How quickly do you usually decide to sleep with them?  Q: Do you usually sleep with them on the first date?  Q: What type of relations do

Why Does Society Make it Difficult for Survivors of Rape & Abuse to Come Forward? Part 1

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I watched Cosby: The Women Speak. Actually, I recorded it.    This way, if I was triggered I could watch it another time.     But I was in the midst of a writing project.  So, I stopped by  Twitter.    It was like a horrible car accident and I couldn’t look away.     Most of the tweeters were blaming the victims any which way that they could.    Smug

6 Smart Tactics to Help Survivors Strengthen Confidence

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People who have been abused often struggle with self-doubt.  Yeah. You can put up a tough exterior for everyone else.    Some days you can even fool yourself. The truth is. Words do hurt.    In fact, they have a way of leaving a brand on you, don’t they?  In order to have an existence that’s peaceful yet exciting and fulfilling, it’s important to believe in yourself.    I’ve learned

The Eye of the Child Sexual Abuse Survivor: A Black Man Takes the Mic

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It is my honor to highlight the words of author Tremayne Moore as he courageously shares his story and offers advice for healing: Hi. My name is Tremayne Moore and yes, I’m a sexual abuse survivor. Most children are raped/abused by someone that they or their family/friends know well.  My uncle came to live with us in 1982. I was 8 years old. He was 10 years.  And, he was my