There seems to have been a recent spike in “poster campaigns” about sexual assault. A few months ago, Project Unbreakable showed up on Buzzfeed in two separate articles from survivors of sexual assault about their experiences with their assailants. Some survivors chose to show their faces, others chose to remain anonymous. We saw survivors with varied sexual orientations and gender identities, and for some of us, we saw familiar faces. Or, we saw familiar stories. Maybe we saw our stories. We saw students at the College of William and Mary stand with survivors. An Indian filmmaker just produced a short film about sexual assault without saying a single word, but the message is to talk about assaults to reclaim power.
We just stumbled across Surviving in Numbers, a Tumblr dedicated to empowering survivors by embracing and speaking about their experiences. According to the blog, Surviving in Numbers “is doubly meaningful: it’s a play on the phrase ‘strength in numbers,’ as there truly is a strength among these and other survivors who speak out about their experiences.” If we tell our stories, raise our voices, share our numbers, we are taking back some of the power that has been taken from us.
We would love to share your stories; about assault and survival, about how you bounced back, or about how you’re working to bounce back. Sharing our stories can be extremely empowering following an assault (or any trauma), and raising our voices shows that we are not broken. Or if we are broken, that we are not broken forever. If you decide to share your story with Surviving in Numbers or Project Unbreakable or your best friend or with us, the most important part is that we’re talking about it. And we’d be honored to help you speak about it. For more information about submitting a story to us, click here.