Victor Sweatshirt by HeyHershey
A VICTOR, NOT A VICTIM
For years after I (unwillingly) let go of the case I filed against the person who assaulted me, I was overcome with guilt, pain, and defeat. But one evening, as I was drenching my pillow case with snot and tears, my sister hugged me tight and whispered a line that would later on echo in my heart, helping me conquer my darkest days: You are a victor.
And so, I say this to my fellow survivors of harassment, abuse, and assault: our pain is valid. Our trauma is valid. But we are more than these. We survivors may be shaped by our past, but we will never be defined by it. We can still find Beauty from Ashes. A new chapter awaits us.
*Part of the proceeds of this collection will be donated to Tahanan Sta. Luisa, a rehabilitation center adolescent survivors of sexual harassment.