Dear you, me, all the survivors (men, women and everyone else), I’m writing you to say, I believe you.  I want to give you the validation that you never had.  What happened to you wasn’t your fault.  You didn’t ask for, or deserve it.  I know along the way you may have felt broken, bruised, ugly, unworthy of love.  The shame, ugh, the horrible horrible amount of shame that I’m no stranger to.  Maybe you still feel these things -  please know that I love you - that all survivors do, and that you’re not alone.  I know how hard it is to be a young person with so much darkness inflicted upon you.  I want you to know how worthy you are of love, respect and a listening ear, a shoulder to shed your tears.  I think you’re brave for telling your story.  You’re brave if you went to the police AND you’re brave if you didn’t.  Don’t EVER let anyone tell you otherwise.  I’ll never know what it was like to have your exact experience, but I do know what it’s like to have your very essence, your very personhood wrenched from your hands.  To try and piece yourself back together.  I’m sorry if no one stepped up to help you, if those around you wouldn’t/couldn’t or didn’t know how to be there for you.  Please know that you are not alone -  that there are people out there who would never blame you.  As a fellow survivor, a new found thriver, my heart beats for yours and all it’s patches and stitch marks.  You are lovely, I am lovely, we deserve to be heard, respected and loved.  If you ever need to tell your story - I am here.  #survivorloveletter  #30DaysofSAAM  #SAAM