You Are Not Alone

You are not alone. It is not your fault. You are not to blame. You are worthy.

You breathe, you exist and you have the right to thrive. You deserve love. You deserve to be safe, to feel good, to get support and you have the right to speak, to tell, to scream, to fight.

There is no shame in being a survivor, in telling. It is brave. I believe you.

No adult, no parent, no guardian, no teacher, no peer, no boyfriend or girlfriend or relative has the right to touch you or harm you in any way, shape or form. Your body is yours and only YOU get to say who touches you, where, when and how. Period.

We don't have to be nice or shy or quiet about abuse. We don't have to protect anyone's feelings, or worry about what might happen to an abuser. They should be the ones who deal with the consequences, who should face the justice system.

If you don't want to forgive, you don't have to. If you want to forgive, that's okay too, but the most important thing is to take care of yourself and get away from harm.

As an adult, it is my responsibility to speak out about the crime of child abuse. It is the responsibility of every adult to speak out, to care and be active.

We need to rise up together and demand that things change. We need to stand together and open our mouths wide and speak out loud so that many people hear us and keep hearing us and keep hearing us.

We can all make a difference.

If you are being abused, know that it is possible to get help. You are not alone. You are not alone. You are not alone.


-Joanne Vannicola


no person is a friend who demands your silence or

denies your right to grow

-Alice Walker