Trauma · Wear Your Voice Magazine · Women

Shame is on the Other Side: The 10 Stages of “Coming Out” as an Abuse Survivor

“After the Stanford rape survivor released her powerful and detailed victim impact statement, I was inspired to write my own open letter in which I discussed my experiences with sexual and partner violence. In the months since my “coming out” as a survivor — a decision that I did not make or take lightly — I’ve been actively reflecting on my myriad emotions and identifying distinct stages to the process. As with the five stages of grief, this isn’t a linear evolution; I found myself cycling through some of these stages multiple times before the emotion passed. Here’s what to expect.” For Wear Your Voice Mag, October 2016.

Guest Posts · Trauma · Wear Your Voice Magazine · Wendy · Women

Shame Withers in Sunlight: An Open Letter to the Stanford Rape Survivor

The powerful victim impact statement released by the Stanford rape survivor inspired me to write my own. My first piece for Wear Your Voice Magazine, published in June 2016.