Archive | February, 2014

A new resouce I came across for rape and abuse survivors

17 Feb

http://www.pandys.org/intro.html

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Introduction to Pandora’s Project

Our Mission

Pandora’s Project’s mission is to provide information, facilitate peer support and offer assistance to male and female survivors of sexual violence and their friends and family. It is estimated that at least 1 in 6 individuals will experience rape or sexual abuse in their lifetime. For many, the aftermath of sexual violence is isolating and devastating.

Hippocrates said “Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” Some men and women who have been the victim of rape or sexual abuse do not have resources available to them. Pandora’s Project believes that healing is possible, and that every survivor has the right to quality resources. Through our programs, many in an online format, we hope to help end that inequality; we do not believe healing tools should only be available to the fortunate few.

How We Serve Rape & Sexual Abuse Survivors

To meet our mission, Pandora’s Project sponsors the internet’s largest support community for those who have been the victim of sexual violence. We believe peer support is an important complement to therapy and other traditional methods of healing. Survivors find comfort through commonality, the lessening of shame, positive role-modeling, practical assistance, and a virtual shoulder to lean on – any time they need it. Available 24 hours a day and free of charge to any survivor who has internet access, the Pandora’s Aquarium message board and chat room offer victims of sexual violence a refuge to share experiences, seek advice, and provide support.

The organization also operates a free sexual assault lending library, maintains resource lists for survivors in need of face-to-face support, and organizes retreat weekends for survivors ready to take their healing one step farther.

Pandora’s Project is managed and staffed by more than 50 survivors, all of whom are unpaid volunteers. Learn more about our leadership here.

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Our Anti-Discrimination Policy: Pandora’s Project is committed to providing free or low-cost services to all survivors of sexual violence, regardless of race, gender, color, cultural heritage, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, or source of income.

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– Margaret Mead

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In My Life (The Epiphany)

14 Feb

Re-blogging this from the past with a little intro. I’m slow at getting things done. I hate typing.
I wrote this over the course of 4-6 months. I would have something gojng through my head during the nigjt that would snap me awake and I would write it down. It was all just jumbled fragments that made no sense to me. Slowly I was lead to wahat is here. My life in a few hundred words. For some reason all the spacing was taken out when I copied this to my blog and I just never got it re-spaced. One day, maybe

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In My Life (The Epiphany)

In my life I have been down many paths

I have seen the best of people

And I have lived some of the worst,

I have been so lost inside myself

In my life I have walked and I have run with no escape

Then I heard you call to me, ”Be still and listen”

We walked and we talked

I heard you and saw you in others

And they never knew

In my life I’ve been to the darkest of darkness,

Through the Valley of The Shadow Death and beyond

And you walked with me

And you carried me

And you cried with me and for me

Through it all and back

In my life I have been broken,

And I have been used,

I have been lost,

And I have been abused

And at times I hated you for it

As well as…

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Animal Rape. My experience.

14 Feb

Fighting the Abuse

Towards the end of last week I remembered something hideous; the men in the ring forcing a dog to rape me. I was so horrified by the memory and so convinced it couldn’t possibly be real that I quickly looked it up to see if it had ever been recorded before. The answer is, yes…particularly, it would seem, in ritual abuse settings but not unknown outside of this.

I didn’t know how to cope with this memory. In all honesty I didn’t cope, and haven’t coped, and it’s been in the forefront of my mind for the last week or so. I spoke to other survivors who’d gone through it (yay for internet) and asked how on earth they’d come through it. The underlying theme seemed the same: they coped by talking about it, because the pent-up shame and disgust they felt was let out.

The memory made me very…

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a dream defunct

14 Feb