Hi Queens and Kings, we are back with a new blog series! With more and more testimonies being heard, the climate in our culture is shifting. The manner in which we know and discuss offenses like sexual assault and gendered violence within four communities is changing. We say this with positive undertones because the negative is being exposed. The ugly truths we have been victim-blamed to believe are better left unspoken; are now in our headlines. These truths can no longer be ignored; and it is our intent to bring our audience content that proves the prevelance of these human rights abuses deserve our attention. Click the link in our bio as we share the testimonies of our brave hero’s near and far, starting with cofounder, Cristal with her story.
Happy Thursday! And happy second week of June. With so many voices and testimonies of survivors booming unapologetically, we wanted to pay homage in this month’s blog series. It is a topic we have visited before; but it’s one that deserves more coverage. So without further ado, our Stand up and Speak Out series begins with a reflection on Cristal Lowe’s “Speaking Out story,” via a poem she wrote for a creative writing class. We encourage you to express your stories in a space that feels safe even if that is simply through pen and paper. 😉💕📝
Also, stay tuned for more announcements via our Instagram as we will be highlight other testimonials there as well! ;)
I was going to speak about it--
that thing that was hurting
how it happened and how I
Today I thought I would
speak, but the fear took
Tomorrow I will speak.
Everyday I said I would speak;
but all these thoughts running through
my mind won’t let me speak.
Today like any other day when I thought I would speak,
Seven years later... I finally spoke.
I spoke my hurt , I cried my pain
Seven years later...I finally told my love
ones that seven years ago I was raped.
I finally spoke to set my self free.
Our lasting message to those of you who may be struggling on whether or not you should speak out and to whom...
Please know, that speaking out about sexual assault is entirely your choice. Our intent behind this serious is to simply encourage those who have survived or are perhaps going through the healing process right now, that you are not alone in that internalized battle. More importantly, it can be done, on your time, on your terms! Our voices matter; collectively, we are even more powerful knowing we share in a similar strength. When you feel safe, and you don’t have to question whether you are brave...facing the day Can be hard enough, just know that you are the bravest of them All! So whether you have told 1,000 souls, or one...or if you’ve never spoken up before about what happened to you, we at Herstory, celebrate you equally. We welcome you to share your story anonymously whenever you are ready, just know we are here through it all!
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.