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Dear Heather,

I decided to start out with "dear" because I feel that I know you, or at least a piece of your personal life, that you bravely shared with us. Thank you for coming forward and sharing your story with the world. While you feel like you may have let SlutWalks down by not attending or seeming non-supportive, from one SlutWalk organizer to a survivor, I want to let you know that writing this and publishing it took more courage than I can imagine.

If you are ever ready to go to a SW, there will be more, and this movement is not ending tomorrow. It is going strong and there will be organizers annually, so, we will still be here if you ever decide to come.

"I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver."- Maya Angelou (

Thank you for your story and for breaking the silence.