THIS NEW ANTHOLOGY BY CIVIL COPING MECHANISMS SERVES AS A POWERFUL TOOL OF HEALING, CATHARSIS, AND EMPOWERMENT FOR SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT. WITHIN THESE PAGES, WRITERS SHARED THEIR EXPERIENCES IN THE FORM OF POETRY AND ESSAYS, IN WHATEVER FORM THE PAIN MEMORY MANIFESTED. THE COLLECTION CLOCKS AT 343 PAGES OF RAW AND POWERFUL CONTENT. I JOINED I THE CHORUS WITH TWO POEMS FROM A DARK TIME IN MY LIFE. JOIN US IN SUPPORT OF THIS INCREDIBLE TOUR DE FORCE.
PROCEEDS OF THIS ANTHOLOGY GO TOWARDS PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND RAINN
“What does it mean to survive? We say we survive a traumatic event if we are still alive; better yet, if we are able to get beyond the pain, feel hope and contentment, and allow ourselves to love and be loved. But surviving also means living with the pain, not truly escaping the memories of trauma. To survive sexual assault is a life-long journey. It means you survived the most brutal of physical and psychological violations while simultaneously surviving the death of the self, or your prior identity. It changed you. It changed how you trust, how you love.
Sometimes it feels like you never survived at all.”
FROM THE FORWARD BY JOANNA C. VALENTE
The essays and poems contained within this anthology are not only compelling but also harrowing stories of sexual assault. None of these pieces were easy to write–and were born out of traumatizing and terrible experiences. CCM believes in providing a safe space within the literary community where we can not only talk about painful experiences and issues but also necessary considering the current political climate.
Hillary Leftwich, Prerna Bakshi, Mila Jaroniec, lauren samblanet, Erin Taylor, Stephen Furlong, Lillian Ann Slugocki, Maggie Queeney, Christopher Morgan, Geula Geurts, Sarah Lilius, Omotara James, Lauren Milici, Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick, Stephanie Valente, Isobel O’Hare, Shevaun Brannigan, Amy Jo Trier-Walker, Marty Cain, Jennifer Maritza, McCauley, Alaina Leary, Alexis Groulx, Patty Paine, Abigail Welhouse, Stephanie Berger, jacklyn janeksela, Christine Stoddard, Nicole McCarthy, Lynn Melnick, Ashley Miranda, Leza Cantoral, Corinne Manning, CAConrad, Danielle Perry, Annie Virginia, Claudia Cortese, Kelley O’Brien, Jessica Lynn Suchon, Hannah Kucharzak, Sarah Madges, Staci R. Schoenfeld, Alexis Smithers, Agnes Vittstrand, Freke Räihä, Jason Phoebe Rusch, Leah Mueller, MW Murphy, Katie Clark, Christoph Paul, Lora Nouk, and Diane Payne.