I’m so grateful for this platform. To be able to relieve myself of this secret. I was sleeping, and woke up to a guy doing things to me. There was blood and I just went into shock. I didn’t tell my family because they would be devastated and furious and ashamed and…as much as they’d want to find and kill the guy, they’d be livid with me. Since I was 13 they’ve blamed me any time a man would look at me – no matter how I was dressed, it was wrong. I’ve been called all kinds of names within my family and shamed for the development of my body since I can remember – so I just can’t imagine sharing this story. I’m embarrassed and ashamed and DO blame myself in ways…but I WANT to heal and be free and believe that I am whole.
This is where our faith for your Freedom comes. We are in an incredible climate, where women are bravely sharing their stories publicly, in hopes of holding their predator accountable and also to offer solidarity to the next person.
However. The fact is. Many people, women and men, don't want to tell the world what happened to them, so to not have those who love them reel from pain and devastation. Grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters, children. And for others, out of fear of their own communities ostracizing them, blaming them, shaming them, and for some, fear of far more violent repercussions. "Voice" will be where we finally get to share our stories - Anonymously. Anonymity is 100% ok, dear friend. You sharing YOUR story, is for your freedom - and truly, for many of those who read it.
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