This is my #survivorloveletter to my daughter whose body & spirit were brutally violated.  You are my hero. With only darkness & terror to look at each day, You found a way to live. When my face sagged in sadness and my eyes welled up in sorrow, You told me your dreams of being a woman warrior. And while I withdrew, frightened and  Unable to face the agony of remembering, You stomped and yelled at injustice & mendacity.  Just like that day in July, I cannot protect you.  But I will always stand with you, because You are my hero.  Love, Dad

This is my #survivorloveletter to my daughter whose body & spirit were brutally violated.

You are my hero.
With only darkness & terror to look at each day,
You found a way to live.
When my face sagged in sadness
and my eyes welled up in sorrow,
You told me your dreams of being a woman warrior.
And while I withdrew, frightened and 
Unable to face the agony of remembering,
You stomped and yelled at injustice & mendacity. 
Just like that day in July,
I cannot protect you. 
But I will always stand with you,
because
You are my hero.

Love,
Dad

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