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Heather
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I was reminded today about how many incredible survivors of sexual abuse and assault there are in the world, who have done incredible things.

It was Elizabeth Smart, today: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/05/06/1967591/elizabeth-smart-abstinence-ed/

I know that a big help in my own healing was finding out about other survivors I looked up to. Maya Angelou was a biggie for me personally, for example. Just being able to see another survivor not just survive but thrive really helped me get though my own healing, especially during hard times.

I'd love for this thread to become a list of inspiring survivors for anyone else who needs that kind of boost and positive reminder, so if you've got others to add that have inspired you, add away!

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September
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Well, let me be the one to add YOU to the list of awesome kick-*** survivors! [Smile]

Seriously. When I came to Scarleteen as a user back in '05, and I started to put together the pieces and figure out that I had been sexually abused, it was through reading the material that you have written, and especially the material based on your own experiences, that I maintained some hope that I would be okay. Your story helped me to understand that, though I had to accept that being a survivor was part of who I was, it certainly would never be ALL I was.

[ 05-07-2013, 11:14 AM: Message edited by: September ]

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Johanna
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Heather
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Aw, shucks, Joey. Cheers for that. [Smile]

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nixieGurl
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I second what Joey said. You have been my biggest inspiration Heather. Also I read through the article above an it just made me feel so so amazed by that woman. SO brave to come out to try to help others after something so horrific.
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Heather
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Oh, good lord, you two. You're making me all misty: seriously, thanks. And I'm glad I could do that, especially since you're both amazing. [Smile]

Emily: I was hoping you'd see this piece about Elizabeth Smart. She strikes me as someone you can likely really relate to.

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nixieGurl
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Yeah she really is, especially when people say to me "why didnt you just tell on him and run away, or scream?" and she has put it pretty well about how worthless life can feel when someone has totally stripped away your whole sense of self. I think healing from the reactions and attitudes others have had about the abuse has been almost as hard as healing from the actual abuse itself.
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Molias
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When I was volunteering for the Orange County Rape Crisis Center in North Carolina, the staff and other volunteers there were a constant inspiration. Not everyone had this experience (or chose to share it), but a lot of folks there were really open about how they were spurred on in their work by their own experiences with rape and sexual assault. It was fantastic to see so many people who had, as part of their healing process, dedicated their time to helping others as they navigated similar situations.

Leaving that space was one of my biggest regrets in moving away from the area; it was an amazing group of people. =)

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The Definitive PoMo Username
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I think almost everyone who contributed to the Yes Means Yes anthology, which I revisited a few months ago. I also have a lot of real-life inspiration in my friends.
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Heather
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I also always have a world of admiration of everyone here who comes in or posts as a survivor. Just looking at these boards on any given day gives me plenty of people to look up to. [Smile]

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