"To be a person is to have a story to tell"
A little over a year after my trauma I came across a blog post, where the author was describing how her sex life had changed since being assaulted. It was short, simple, honest, and it changed my life. Really.
That short story was the first time I felt like someone understood what I was going through, and believe it or not, it's what inspired SARA (previously known asThe Survivor Stories Project) all those years ago.
Your story has the power to help yourself and others.
I encourage all of you readers, survivors, and supporters to share your own stories of resilience, pain, beauty, literally anything.
Oh, and by the way, tons of studies show the positive effects of writing your story!
Here's how it works:
- Send your story, artwork, (insert whatever you amde here) to firstname.lastname@example.org so I can review and make any edits.
- (Remember you can send a BCC email if you want to remain anonymous)
- I send the edit back for approval, and we make sure you are happy with it.
- I post the final version here under the name/no name of your preference.
- We celebrate!
- Any length you want, but I suggest staying under 3 pages. If it's a long one we can break it up into parts for multiple posts
- Any topic you want, but please refrain from focusing on graphic reliving of traumatic situations in great detail. Those stories are completely valid, but could be too triggering to our readers.
- Need some inspiration? Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Free writing: set a timer for 30m and just write without a plan. You might end up finding your story as your write, otherwise look back over it and see what resonates with you
- Browse our website, especially other blog posts for inspiration
- Journal. This one is a more delayed