With the rise of #MeToo, survivors have been able to share their stories more openly and publicly than they may have in the past. However, we recognize that some survivors are not ready to out themselves as survivors and others cannot out themselves without jeopardizing their safety. We believe every survivor deserves a space where they feel safe to share their experience – we are hoping that Unapologetically Surviving can be that space.
We thank you in advance for trusting us to share your story.
One-Time Submissions are survivor stories submitted by our readers. Our readers come from diverse backgrounds and many have experienced different forms of interpersonal violence or have supported a loved one who has experienced such violence. Read their stories here.
1. We will not post names of individuals, organizations, or institutions. We ask that they not be included. If they are included, we will redact them. In certain instances, we may use initials for any names contained in your piece.
2. We will not post any entries that threaten future harm to oneself or others. If you are struggling emotionally or having a hard time, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or chat with them online here.
3. We encourage you to share your story in whatever way is right for you. You can submit a narrative, a poem, a short story, etc.
4. If you have photography or art that you would like to submit, please e-mail it as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line ONE-TIME SUBMISSION, FILE ATTACHED. Include any text you would like uploaded with your file. We will not share your e-mail address with third-party individuals. Please do NOT include any additional contact information.
5. By submitting your entry (or e-mailing us your entry), you are giving us permission to publish your content on our site: www.unapologeticallysurviving.com. You agree that you will not be compensated, in any way, for your content.
6. Due to volume of submissions, your submission may not be posted immediately and confirmation of receipt e-mails will not be sent. We may temporarily disable submissions without notice in order to ensure that we are able to post all the submissions we have received.
If you are interested in becoming a Resident Survivor Contributor (RSC), please fill out the form, linked above.
Jenny was sexually assaulted by a friend. Read Jenny’s story here.
Nay was raped by an individual who lived with her as a child. Read Nay’s story here.
Willow assumed that all her experiences with sexual assault, harassment, and retaliation were “normal.” It wasn’t until her school recommended that she go to counseling and started dating her current partner that she realized how much pain and hurt she had experienced and that these experiences were not just a part of being a college student. She is now on her healing journey one that she expects will be a lifelong process. Read Willow’s story here.
Michelle tells her story of choosing forgiveness and healing in the aftermath of domestic abuse, while still in the process of learning her triggers. It’s an everyday battle, but that is unapologetically surviving. Read Michelle’s story here.