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...

Other Me’s Request

Trauma has left us between times and worlds. In a response to our May prompt, “Other Me’s Request” experiments with time as we follow “Me” and “Other me” through an experience of childhood sexual violence. The two versions of our protagonist represent the common...

Saturday Stress

In a piece for the current moment, Dominic Bucca reflects on his self-isolation experience and extends his thoughts and attention to those who may be experiencing COVID-19 while quarantined with an abuser. With great gentleness and consideration for his audience,...

Kintsugi; precious scars

What does it mean to feel broken, and how is it possible to rebuild? After sexual violence made her family feel broken, Dreen Lucky examines that brokenness with gentleness and an element of forgiveness towards herself. By incorporating kintsugi, the Japanese art of...