Of #sexualabuse cases reported, 93% of juvenile victims knew the perpetrators. #metoo. . The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom. - #cagedbird, #mayaangelou.
Trigger warning. Wow, these quotes hit hard, especially “I need to know if I can rape you” I’m in shock. I remember that being a teenager was tough enough without the horrific bullying that are experienced in these stories, and in presumably the lives of LGBTIQA youth all over the world. Educate yourselves, your friends, your kids, your family about the diversity that exists in our world and how to treat all people with respect. 🏳️🌈 LGBQTIA: lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, intersex, asexual. 👩💏👩❤️💋👩👨❤️💋👨👨(we need better emojis!) #lgbqtia#lgbtq ・・・ Today is GLSEN’s “Spirit Day,” an annual day to speak out against bullying of LGBT youth. I stand for #lgbt rights today and every day! 🙋🏻 ・・・ 🎥 @humanrightswatch #spiritday#hrw#humanrights
"In fact, I have never met a childhood sexual abuse survivor who has not been suicidal. This is not surprising: inordinate pain (of any kind) and unabated trauma are primary factors in suicidality. . In my experience, childhood sexual abuse survivors are highly intelligent, deeply sensitive, intuitive, creative and protectors of the innocents." - excerpt from @huffpost 'The Connection Between Suicide and Childhood Sexual Abuse' (link in bio)
This is what a day after processing deep trauma looks like. I wailed, I cried, I held myself in the pain and the yearning for my (ex) beloved to come hold me because he is the only person to soothe this level of pain. I have never experienced that flavor of grief before and it was frightening and almost unbearable. Then I would take moments of reprieve and know that it was going to be ok. That I was going to get through this. Eventually I did, and I got cuddles and warmth and chocolate, and soothed myself with warmth and magnesium for my nervous system to calm down. Trauma is scary, at the time it happens it feels like our life is being threatened, and we may feel helpless, alone, frozen or isolated. These are all signs that the trauma will be stored in the body, creating problems in connection, intimacy, anxiety, mistrust of your surroundings and neurological issues in the brain in cases of extreme trauma. But there are ways to safely release it, through breath work, resourcing and tapping- we slowly rewire the nervous system and tell it that it is safe. I don't know how I made it through the dark night of the soul, but I did, and now shining a new level of softness and compassion for those who have experienced sexual or physical trauma, and how damaging that is to the psyche. I am so sorry that we have to endure this as a species, some much worse than my case. Let's slowly build awareness and compassion especially for those who have experienced sexual abuse and trauma. I am a strong woman and I felt weak, helpless, humiliated, alone, and unable to cope with just myself. But one moment at a time I let the searing pain in my heart release, one hot blade at a time. Here's to the peace after the storm, self soothing, being gentle, seeking comfort and warmth. #loveangelcoaching#loveangel#metoo#sexualabuse#sexcoach#selflove#soothe#peace#grieving#letgo
I'm hesitate on whether to post this but.... This is for my old boss who wouldnt give me the security tape from being harassed by him to get a restraining order. This is for everyone who tells me to get over it and forget it happened. This is for him, because he can't get away with it. This is for PTSD. This is for the nightmares. This is for losing who I was. This is for domestics violence awareness month. This is for all the survivors who don't think they have a voice. This is for ME. The recording is a voicemail sent to my friend from "my abuser". I don't owe you my story, I don't owe you an explanation. I will not let you have the power over me any longer. I will not give you the honor of getting away with it. I will no longer let you control my emotions. I WILL be stronger because I have to be. I will not be silenced by my fear. I will not be held accountable because this is on you, not from my actions. I will not forgive or forget. I WILL be the master of my own sea and you are no where in sight. I am NOT a victim. I am A survivor. #metoo#domesticviolenceawareness#sexualabuse#nomore#stronger#iamwhoineedtobe#masterofmysea#awareness#iamnotavictim#breakthesilence#iamasurvivor