Read this letter written by a victim of sexual assault

So raw and powerful. I loved her closing lines. I’m so happy she’s gotten to the point where she could voice herself and share her story with the world (I assume she made the decision to have this letter publicized).

“I sleep with two bicycles that I drew taped to my bed to remind myself there are heroes in this story.  That we are looking out for one another…

And finally, to girls everywhere, I am with you. On nights when you feel alone, I am with you. When people doubt you or dismiss you, I am with you. I fought everyday for you. So never stop fighting, I believe you. As the author Anne Lamott once wrote, “Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.” Although I can’t save every boat, I hope that by speaking today, you absorbed a small amount of light, a small knowing that you can’t be silenced, a small satisfaction that justice was served, a small assurance that we are getting somewhere, and a big, big knowing that you are important, unquestionably, you are untouchable, you are beautiful, you are to be valued, respected, undeniably, every minute of every day, you are powerful and nobody can take that away from you. To girls everywhere, I am with you. Thank you.”


stolen quote about love

everyone says loves hurts, but that is not true. loneliness hurts. rejection hurts. losing someone hurts. envy hurts. everyone gets these things confused with love. but in reality love is the only thing in this world that covers up all pain and makes someone feel wonderful again.