Inspirations for The Power of You: Cyberheroes Inspirations for Cyberheroes
"In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it." Marianne Williamson
Photograph by Bethany Wichman Buescher
“You have no idea of the effect your acknowledgement of my situation means. I feel like a giant ball of anxiety has already been lifted out of me.”
â€œThank you for the validation, I needed it. Some days I just feel turned around. Glad I reached out this time.â€?
Everyone around me is breaking, but the sun is shining. It smells like summer which always makes me sick. You are hurting, I can see it.
Tangible and red and purple, the colors you were wearing when the mysterious He began to tear you, limb from limb. When he raped you. He, the amorphous male who doesn't know, and I wonder: who are all of these rapists? But that would take away from the point, which is you. My friend. And maybe pain really is relative, but I can still quite confidentlysay Iâ€™d like to scream at the next one who is losing their mind over minutia and I blamed myself for all things big and small, but you are still living, breathing, holding your self together even in the midst of trauma and devastation. People ask, time and again, how I can fill my days with such heartbreak, how do I not lose hope? This trauma that I can see through a screen shows me both the inner-workings of brilliant and terrified minds, and also the great capacity for audacity, tenacity and necessity to live and love despite the violent acts of others. Each time they ask, I press my palm to my heart and I point to you. -OHL Volunteer
Photograph by Jessica Nesbitt, OHL Volunteer
"Thank you for listening. It's nice to know that there are people that are always available and understanding---as something like this can be very isolating, where you feel like no one understands. You've helped me just by listening."
â€œThank you for your help. What you do for people is invaluable, and I hope you know that.â€?
â€œThank you so much! You gave me the push to go check out a rape crisis center.â€?
HENRY Henry won't you stay a while with me Henry can't you understand my plead I just want someone to listen I just want someone to listen henry says it won't last long you see henry says will you do something for me Promise that you'll stay alive there is so much more that you still hide I've been completely with no desire to keep on holding appearances and smile there is a part of me that is new and scary
it's been sleeping for a while I don't know this thing inside but it's alright, but it's alright I want to scream out and be someone else this can't be me so henry thank you for this go and tell it to the other kids I've been lost and worn out confused exhausted without a doubt so let me tell you this I'm taking the best of everything the necklace in my hand breathing in and breathing out it's been sleeping inside me I don't know this energy but it's alright, but it's alright I want to scream out and be someone else this can't be me but it's alright, but it's alright
Be Free by Laura Barnett,, OHL Volunteer
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”
“You are doing great work too…. Good luck and God bless, this service really changes lives and turns victims into survivors. Thanks!”
"I love RAINN, and I really appreciate everything that you do there. You don't know how much you've helped me."
â€œI didn't know if anything could help, but you did.â€?
â€œThe ultimate expression of generosity is not in giving of what you have, but in giving of who you are.â€? Johnnetta B. Cole
â€œAfter a while it became clear that what was upsetting her the most was that she thought because there would be no prosecution that no one would ever believe her. I told her simply that
I believed her, and that in time, with her therapist, she could decide who the people are that she could trust to tell, the people who would also believe her. She was silent for several minutes, and then typed that she had been crying because before I wrote that she was so certain no one would ever believe her without a prosecution. She said those three words changed everything for her.â€? -OHL Volunteer
Photograph by Jessica Nesbitt, OHL Volunteer
They kept saying things like, "I feel really comfortable talking to you---I could talk to you about anything", and "You really care and you're attentive and concerned about everything" which made me feel really good!â€? -OHL Volunteer
â€œThanks. I feel like thanks to you, Special and RAINN as a whole, really understand the people who connect with you.â€?
Special thanks to the following contributors: Jessica Nesbitt Laura Barnett Priyanka Gogia Created by Jessica Nesbitt