I have been absent from my blog for a while now and I apologise. My main reason for blogging is to document my mental illness/health and to share my ongoing struggles. Fortunately, recently I’ve been in a really good place and haven’t really had enough to warrant an entire blog piece!
I have been fairly busy, ‘staying alert’ (whatever that means) of the virus and putting together a collection of stories from sexual abuse survivors. I have been making requests across my socials for these incredibly strong survivors to share their stories, poems and personal accounts of their experience of sexual assault or sexual abuse.
I have received a fabulous response and I think it’s incredible that these men and women have found the strength to not only write down their trauma but to take that next step and share it with the world!
The on-going project ‘Why do we find it so difficult to say the word ‘rape’?’ is going to be a mix of anthologies, art exhibitions and performance pieces. The first book will be available soon (within days of this post, I hope). As more people become aware of it, I do hope more people will come forward who wish to share their story too.
It takes a tremendous strength to share any traumatic ordeal, especially one that is unfortunately shrouded in shame. With that in mind, I know there will be thousands of people who just aren’t quite ready yet. However, I don’t want to think they have missed their chance, therefore I will continue to collect stories, poems etc to put together for future books.
I’d like to share with you part of the art exhibition that is linked with ‘Why do we find it so difficult to say the word ‘rape’?’
The following work will be shared across social media and also showcased at our future performances. You can find Brenda on Instagram.
If you want to keep up to date with the progression of the project, or you want to be involved in some way then please do follow my Facebook page join my Facebook group, or email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Any submissions for future projects can be sent to email@example.com
(submissions can be completely anonymous)
‘The true way to soften one’s troubles is to solace those of others’ – Madame de Mainetenon