Dear beloved readers—

This letter originally was supposed to be about all the awesome work we have been publishing and all the great things to come for DDR. Like many of you, I have experienced a range of emotions recently.  Mostly heartbreak, anger, and confusion… But now, it’s time to speak.  

Dying Dahlia is so proud and honored to be able to share work by women.  Dying Dahlia along with many other publications believe that women’s voices need to be heard.  When I started DDR it was for that reason and that reason alone.  And we will continue to do so.

If you are a survivor of sexual assault here are some things we here at Dying Dahlia want you to know…

Do not be silent.
We hear you.
We believe you.
Speak your truth.
And know that we stand with you.
You are not alone.

I, too, am a survivor. I was sexually abused as a child. And like some survivors who are stepping forward now, the trauma I experienced happened over 20 years ago. Do I remember the clothes I was wearing? No. Do I remember the dates it happened on? No. But I remember. 

It happened.  It mattered.  You matter.  And I believe you. 

I don’t know what is going to happen in the coming days.  I know that I am inspired by the women who are using their voices to stand up for what is right.

We want to see and hear your voices.  On blogs, on social media, in our submissions, in other journals, wherever.  We support you and your efforts to stop this plague.  Because it is a plague.  It is not okay. It has never been okay. 

There are many people out there who believe as I do— survivors should be heard and supported. If you know someone who has been sexually assaulted, reach out to them.  This is an incredibly painful and overwhelming time for many survivors right now. Listen to them. Come from a place of love.  That’s all that is needed.

But most importantly, to all the survivors out there— stay strong and speak your truth. To a friend, to a family member, to the world. Put it in a poem, in a story, in a song or just say it out loud.

And don’t stop. Don’t ever, ever stop. I know I won’t.

Much Love,

Abbie Copeland
Editor-in-Chief

 

If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network). You can visit their website rainn.org or call their free confidential hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE (4673).

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  1. Thank you for writing this. I’ve written two poems in the past about my sexual assault. It was a freeing experience to finally work through them in words, but it took me years to let anyone know it even happened to me. They have been published, or I would have sent them in response to your letter. Many of us have kept our experiences quiet over the years because we were afraid it wouldn’t do any good. I kept thinking of Anita Hill through all of this, and sure enough, it’s happened again, but it’s very sad how many women didn’t believe any of the women who came forward with information. It’s very disturbing when partisan politics cancel truth, honesty, and integrity.

    Maryfrances Wagner

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    1. I am happy to hear those 2 poems were published so that others who have experienced something similar can read your words and not feel alone. So thank you.

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