Share Your Story

Are you ready to share your story? I’m here for you. We are all here for you. Take your time, and when you’re ready you can use the form below.
– Lauren

Submission Guidelines:

  • Share as much or as little information as you’re comfortable sharing.
  • Express yourself in any medium you wish: written stories, videos, photos, poems, and art work are all welcome.
  • WYR welcomes diverse points of view. Please ensure that any content is inclusive and respectful toward everyone. It is okay to express anger, I think we have all been angry at some point. But content resembling hate speech, or that targets any group is not allowed. Often, our experiences were violent, ugly, obscene and horrible. We need to be able to talk about these things, and so graphic details will not be censored.
  • Use this as an opportunity to share your story with other survivors – not to name your rapist/attacker. WYR will not publish names or identifying details of anyone except for you, and then only with your permission. We may edit posts that contain identifying details, or decline to publish them.
  • WYR is a platform for survivors of sexual violence. We only publish stories that are related to this topic. Sexual violence is a vague, undefined term – it includes everything from sexual harassment to rape – unfortunately we don’t have a better one.

Story Title

Title:
Please use the format: Lauren's Story: He Probably Doesn't Even Remember That Night

Please include a name you would like to use - it doesn't need to be your name, you may wish to use an alias or abbreviation. If you leave the field blank, it will be posted as "Anonymous Story".

Your Story

Please enter your story here. Express yourself - it may be a short note, a long story, a poem, or a letter.

Image

Would you like to include an image with your story?

Tags

Check any of the boxes you feel describe your story. These will be used to create Tags for your post, to help others find stories they relate to.

Child abuseHigh SchoolCollegeAdulthood
I don't remember what happenedI remember what happened
I reported itI did not report itI've never told anyone
I knew my rapistWe were in a relationshipRaped by a strangerRaped by a family member
I was drinkingI wasn't sure if it was rapeI didn't think anyone would believe meI blamed myself
Date Rape Drugs
I was a virginI became pregnantI got an STDSubstance Abuse
CampusFraternityMilitaryWorkplace

Next steps...

When you share your story, it will go to our team (listed under "About the WYR Project" at the top of this page) to be reviewed and posted. If you enter your email here, you will receive a copy of your submission. Your email will not be posted with your story, or used for any other purpose, and it will not be shared with anyone, ever.

Email:

Thank you for your patience as we do our best to keep up with the ever growing volume of stories, while managing our own self care as survivors. It may take 4-6 weeks for your story to appear on the website and social media.

If you are comfortable, can you please let us know how you found WYR? We are thankful that you did and want to know how to best reach other survivors.

Are you ready to submit?

Sharing your story can be an intense and emotional experience, and you shouldn't do so until you're sure you're ready. If you are ready, we are here for you. The other survivors who have shared their stories are here for you. I urge you to consider setting aside time to do this, as some unexpected emotions may arise (they did when I pushed "submit" on my story).

We will never share your story without your permission, you can always change it or take it down by emailing lauren@whenyoureready.org.