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12/18/2017 2:55:32 PM

Sexual Assault Survivors Tell The Numbers Behind Their Stories

“1 broken hearted father, hundreds of self harm scars, a court room, and a prison sentence later, and I still never ‘wanted’ it.” Trigger warning: sexual assault.

The Tumblr Surviving In Numbers enables victims to tell the stories of their sexual assaults through numbers.

sexual assault survivors tell the numbers behind their stories

sexual assault survivors tell the numbers behind their stories

sexual assault survivors tell the numbers behind their stories

Mount Holyoke student Ali Safran said she came up with the idea for the Tumblr in October 2012, the three-year anniversary of her own assault. She said the name is a play on the phrase “strength in numbers.”

sexual assault survivors tell the numbers behind their stories

sexual assault survivors tell the numbers behind their stories

sexual assault survivors tell the numbers behind their stories

“The blog has grown to be about removing stigma and shame from sharing your story as a survivor, and is also a place for survivors to read others’ stories and be able to have their own experience validated,” the 21-year-old Safran said.

sexual assault survivors tell the numbers behind their stories

sexual assault survivors tell the numbers behind their stories

sexual assault survivors tell the numbers behind their stories

She added, “A lot of people have written to me to say how thankful they are to have a space to share; that they’d never told anyone about being assaulted before, or had told people and had gotten really hurtful or blaming reactions.”

sexual assault survivors tell the numbers behind their stories

sexual assault survivors tell the numbers behind their stories

sexual assault survivors tell the numbers behind their stories

sexual assault survivors tell the numbers behind their stories

Since starting the website, people have come to Safran to tell her they finally felt safe enough to share their story or even report their assault to police.

sexual assault survivors tell the numbers behind their stories

sexual assault survivors tell the numbers behind their stories

sexual assault survivors tell the numbers behind their stories

“I think it’s really become a space where people can go to feel less alone with and isolated by trauma,” Safran said.

sexual assault survivors tell the numbers behind their stories

sexual assault survivors tell the numbers behind their stories


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