I am healing for me.
I am healing for my health.
I am healing for my future.
To all survivors of sexual violence and trauma, this piece is for you.
In a world that is afraid to feel, choosing to heal is a revolutionary act.
When anyone expects you to be less angry and more polite, less depressed and more composed, less complicated and more hopeful, less direct and more politically correct, less sexual and more sensible, less explicit and more optimistic, less you and more them… Please, let this piece serve as a reminder that you are not alone.
“Of women who are raped in their lifetime: 17.9% are Caucasian, 11.9% are Latina, 18.8% are African-American, 34.1% are American Indian or Alaskan Native, and 6.8% are Asian or Pacific Islander. 24.4% are mixed race…
For every African-American woman who reports her rape, at least fifteen African-American women do not report theirs….
Approximately 40% of Black women report coercive sexual contact by age eighteen….
American Indian and Alaska Native women are more likely to be victims of sexual violence committed by a strange or acquaintance rather than a family member or intimate partner. Approximately 70% of perpetrators are non-Native.
American Indians are the victims of rape and sexual assault at a rate that is 3.5 times higher than that of any other race in the United States….”
Above facts and statistics from Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence
“According to the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey:
Nearly half (47%) of respondents were sexually assaulted at some point in their lifetime and one in ten (10%) were sexually assaulted in the past year. In communities of color, these numbers are higher: 53% of Black respondents were sexually assaulted in their lifetime and 13% were sexually assaulted in the last year.”
Above facts and statistics from VAWnet.org