Often, in the media and within communities, sexual assault victims/survivors are portrayed as “broken.” People expect a survivor’s post-assault world to have sharp edges: we are expected to exist only as shattered pieces of a former self; we are expected to be afraid of the world, afraid of intimacy, afraid of everything.
What’s often excluded from these narratives is the strength a survivor can find after being assaulted. I chose to feature some positive experiences survivors have had as a way to showcase some positive points in some healing journeys. Every survivor’s process is different; some may feel they need no healing at all, while others may endure a long healing process before regaining normalcy.
We must also recognize that the survivors featured here (and others who are out there) are privileged enough to have the resources to heal - whether that’s in the form of supportive partners, counselors, family members, administrators, etc. Every survivor deserves these resources and more, and not all have access to them.