Why Didn’t I Tell?

Shelley Wolf Harris shares some of the details of her experience with rape many years ago, while other memories surrounding this event remain missing—yet that does not make her pain any less real. By placing herself in the context of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Harris...

The Goldfish

Our earliest discoveries of violence often hold a unique gravity in our memories. In this burst of awareness, Shneiderman comes face to face with the vast potential of a man’s abuse of power over herself as a young girl. With rich details and characterization of...

Broken Memories

The strength and earnestness with which Martinez describes her incomplete memories serve to prove that strong feelings are just as powerful as concrete details. Feelings are true, they leave lasting effects on one’s life, and this alone makes them important. Yet...

Afterwards, I.

In an ongoing emotional waterfall, Meggie Royer responds to sexual violence with a stream of consciousness. She drops us into the days after surviving intimate partner sexual violence and introduces us to the endless and overwhelming list of small things that need to...