Dear Stanford Rape Victim

You are not a victim
but a survivor.

Victims are paralyzed
survivors find strength
in the pain

You did not ask for this
but now you’re shining,
a lighthouse
to those who did not get
their day in court.

Using your voice
to testify against
injustice of class and privilege
not going quietly into the night
rape perpetrators need to live in fear
not us.

I read your story
with wet eyes,
as survivors
we are bonded
empathizing through the process

rape is rape

Rape can happen
behind dumpsters
with a stranger,
at college party
with a friend,
in your home
with a spouse,
at home with
a family member

regardless of circumstances

rape is rape.

20 minutes of action caused
irrevocable damage to you
the public to dissect
the worst experience of your life

But I can tell you that
slowly

you will feel your worth again
the nightmares will stop
you will feel safe
you will find intimacy
you will feel confident
most importantly,
your voice and power
have already been found.

You are not a victim,
you are surviving
and soon you will be
thriving.

Courage found in your vulnerability

soak up your own words,
you are beautiful
you are valued
you are respected
you are powerful

and I am with you.

Resilience

Cleaning out

Memories Like

shattered glass

Echoes of the past

 

 

 

Webs  of

trauma

deceit

Control

Dysfunction,

The common thread

 

 

 

Hold me captive

There’s no release

Clenched claws on

my writing abilities

 

 

 

 

Trail of tears, Searching

for comfort From whoever

abandonment

I fear

 

 

 

Out of the static noise

keep on pushing

My will speaks loud and

Clear.

 

 

 

 

Write it down

Set it free

no longer

A part of me