How we survive

TW: sexual assault, unhealthy victim blaming

When I came to the understanding, advice years ago, that I had been the victim of sexual violence I decided that I needed to use my artistic voice to speak up about it for myself and others like me. Until recently I thought I could never return to speaking about assault, it is a truly exhausting and intense topic, yet here I am! In bumbling around trying to figure out exactly how I wanted to talk about it this time around, I stumbled across this most wonderful slam poem titled People You May Know, by Kevin Kantor. This poem is about Kantor’s experience with their rapist appearing in their “people you may know” section on Facebook. Upon watching it for the first time I immediately replayed it because I felt it was so powerful and spoke so strongly to the survivor experience of being confronted by trauma almost daily.



~ Madison