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  • Rape isn't often a headline story...a lead story.
    Rape isn't always noteworthy.
    Rape is sometimes silent
    Rape is always violent
    Rape is always rape
  • Rape is about power
    and the powerless
    Rape is scary
    Rape is a dark whispered thing
    Rape is always violent
    Rape is always rape
  • Rape always hurts
    Rape steals something
    Rape imprints
    Rape is always violent
    Rape is always rape
  • Rape is shaming
    Rape kills something
    Rape is a secret dark thing
    Rape is violent
    Rape is always rape
  • Rape is epidemic...
    Maybe it will always be this way

    About 20 years after my rape I was invited to join a group using the guidelines from the book Courage to Heal...
    it does take courage..
    rape is a whispered thing...
    a shaming thing

    There were 12 of us. We cried and screamed and whispered our stories. We were able to release our shame...shame that should never have been ours in the first place. We were able to express our anger, our feelings of hurt because no one protected us. We knew in that room we were safe, we could say our truth...no one was going to look at us and think that maybe it was our fault, maybe it was something we did, or ask why we didn't fight harder, scream louder, were silent. Or tell us to get over it, suck it up, move on.
    We wrote it, we spoke it, we acted it out.
    Anything to get it out.

    We needed each other to hold our tears...
    heal our lost innocence...
    We needed to break our silence.
    Celebrate our survival

    Rape is not just about the act...
    it is all that happens afterwards.

    Rape victims need support in order to become survivors

    Rape is epidemic...
    Maybe it will always be this way
    Rape is a silent thing

    Rape is always violent
    Rape is always rape



    Photos from Project Unbreakable
    used with permission..

    http://project-unbreakable.org/

    http://cowbird.com/story/78069/Hate_Crime_In_Progress/
    http://cowbird.com/story/79402/Hate_Crime_In_Progress_Still/
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