Every 98 seconds, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted and a new survivor is forced to carry a burden no one should. This is an anonymous survivor’s story. Many of us experience violence in our own communities and don’t find justice or healing in traditional ways. To anyone who has had the courage to speak up and then let go, please remember: We see you. We hear you. We believe you.
This is Terry Crews’ story. And while 1 in 6 men experience sexual violence in their lifetime, it is a story that took courage to tell. Sexual violence isn’t just about sex, it’s about power – about exerting one’s will on another. Choosing to come forward is a way to defuse the power imbalance and begin the healing process. We are grateful for Terry’s bravery.
Daniela is a domestic worker who was sexually assaulted when she was 16 years old. She talks about how hard it is to find support when you could be deported for speaking up. Maybe even incarcerated. Since coming forward, Daniela has found healing through her activism. She continues to fight for the rights of domestic workers.
This is Emily Waters’ story of survival. Just like so many other Black girls, it took time for Emily to understand that the sexual violence perpetrated against her was not her fault. Emily talks about freeing herself from that toxic idea through community and movement.