on CNN and in Congress. She ended with letting girls everywhere know that, “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.” Though spoken to champion others to heal and regain their sense of agency, it takes courage to go public with a story that continues to hurt you. Writer Barry Lopez, abused as a child, wrote: “What you really want in the simplest terms is for somebody to believe what happened.” To be heard and believed is everything to a survivor. If a dorm mattress symbolizes the neglected culture of campus rapes, then perhaps the pillow can represent incest survivors. Headboard, footboard, box springs, linens, bolsters, pillow protectors and comforters—any part of a bed can symbolize sexual violation. It’s time to talk more openly about incest without shame and to make room at the table for fluffy girls with pillows to tell their survivor stories. I am with you and believe you. This is the rightest thing for me to do. The canvas, composition and message regarding rape culture belongs to all of us to curate. It’s time to shatter the silence of every type of sexual assault.
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Published on Dec 5, 2017