You are invited to share your story on surviving personal violence — domestic violence, war/military trauma, suicide, sexual assault, parental/child separation, parental incarceration, homelessness, human trafficking, secondary trauma, substance abuse, hate crimes, etc.
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Our Goal: At Hey Trauma, we are expanding the conversation to “What happens after trauma enters your life?” for all survivors who experience violence and those also impacted — their partners, friends, and family. Not only is a broader conversation needed, but a broader understanding surrounding the mental and physical AFTERMATH of violence in general…without shaming, blaming, invalidating, or placing the survivor on trial. We at Hey Trauma, want to destigmatize life post personal violence, increase trauma awareness, and give voice to what is often silenced, dismissed, and shamed.
All written works are 100% anonymous!
Hey Trauma, The Day We Met
For the longest time,
I wanted to BLAME you for all my "flaws".
I really believed you were THE reason for all my failures.
In actuality, it turned out that you helped wake me up.
It wasn't easy, but you became a source of empowerment for me.
That said, I used to believe you were a thief.
Ransacked my well-being
and tore the treasures from my deepest being.
It's confusing to know you as a monster and a savior.
That's just what you are.
A monster and a savior.
Or maybe I'm the savior,
and I've tamed the monster?
I don't know. The point is, I forgive you, and the things I create every day–
The things I create to contribute to the world PROVE my forgiveness to you.
I don't NEED to prove anything,
but I want to.
Because I'm awake and alive.
deep down I do love you–
unfortunately OR fortunately, that's how this winds up.