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Content note: letter to a survivor of sexual assault

from one surviving ass black girl to another
I see you
my fist is up right next to yours

I want you to know
when this is all “over”
interviews are published
hashtags stop trending
investigations are closed
if it isn’t really over for you
that is ok

if you still see the photos in your dreams

if you still feel the eyes of the world
burning into the back of your head

if your life gets too quiet and
you still hear painful words hurled echoing in your mind

if your heart ever churns out billows of rising shame
even though your head knows better

if you ever feel broken or angry or tired
even though you’ve been called every type of
brave and gracious and amazing

that is ok

from all the surviving ass black girls to you
I promise
our fists will still be up right next to yours