Shut Up and Listen To Survivors

You were not there when I was eleven years old

And a friend forced to have sex with him

You were not there when he threatened me and

Told me that if I told any one that he would kill me

You were not there when my mom told me to

Just forget about it and move on

You were not there when two black men raped

Me in a dorm room,

You were not there when a police officer looked at

Me and told me that I deserved what they did because

I was drinking underage and the two men had

Every right

You were not there when I went upstairs

And wanted to jump off of the building but

The stairs were blocked with a locked gate

You were not there when a friend took

Me in the bathroom and raped me

You were not there when my friend looked

Right me and told me that her friend would never do a

Thing like that

You were not there when I fell apart and

Started drinking more and more because I wanted the pain to stop

You were not there the day

When he forced himself on top of me

You were not there the night

When he waited for me to pass out

From drinking too much

You were not there when he

Took what I did not consent to

You were not there when I had the rape kit

Done and the stupid male officer forgot to

Cut hairs and had to come back in to cut hairs

You were not there when I was told that it

Was my fault by chain of command?

You were not there when Senior Chief said to me,

“We believe you but there is nothing that we can do

About this. Promise me that you will go to counseling. ”

You were not there when Chief called me a liar and

Would not let me leave the ship to go to counseling

Appointment at rape crisis center.

You were not there when I started to cut my arm and

Burned my arm.

You were not there when I started to have flashbacks, nightmares

And wanted to kill myself

You were not there when Chief started telling me that I

Was fat and that I was nothing more than a walking mattress

That deserved to be raped.

You were not there when the chain of command would do

Nothing about my knee and called me a liar about that too.

You were not there when I was discharged because I had gained

Weight because of Post-Traumatic Stress and the problem with my

Knee.

You were not there when I started going to the VA for therapy

And fell apart during EMDR.

You were not there when the bastard that raped me sent me

An email straight up admitting to it and NCIS still did nothing

You were not here when I got call from Special Agent saying,

“We do not care what he admitted to. We have to investigate you

And know who all you slept with and about any other sexual assaults.”

You were not here when I threw phone across the room and fell apart.

You were not here when that destroyed me and I wanted to die

You were not here when I was triggered by the way a woman

Came at me and I got into fight.

You were not here when I cut my thighs over 40 times because I hated

Myself and wished that the bastard that had raped me had killed me.

You were not here when I lost three jobs because of Post-Traumatic Stress

Then you ignore what survivors have told you over and over again

And you only listen to the damn brass that have everything to lose.

Then you ignore survivors of university rape, childhood rape, and do nothing

About human trafficking.

You were not raped so how in the hell do you know what it is like?

How you do know what the chain of command does and does not do?

You have not been raped, so shut up and freaking listen to survivors

That know firsthand what it is to be raped, betrayed, thrown away,

Have life destroyed.

You have not been in my shoes.

So sit down, shut the hell up and listen to what I have told you and

Other survivors.

My life has been changed forever.

I cannot just forget it.

I do not want to hear a damn thing from you until you

Know what it is like to be raped and have your life destroyed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author: shellback0608

Julie "Jewels" is an Author, Poet, Nia Blue Belt, Green Belt, White Belt dance instructor, Reiki Jin Kei Do Energy Healer, and advocate. When she is not writing, you can find her learning new Nia routines, listening to healing music, taking photographs, playing with her dog and spending time with her friends and family.

1 thought on “Shut Up and Listen To Survivors”

  1. Reblogged this on Healing from Military Sexual Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress and commented:

    This poem needs to be read and reblogged. Some stories need to be told and this is one. Society needs to wake up and realize the affects of rape on a person. Being a child, should not involve being raped and told that she deserved it. Going to a university should not involve being raped and having a police officer tell you that it was your fault when two black men raped you. Serving your country, should not involve being raped by own service member, chain of command retaliating against the survivor, having your career ruined while they protect the bastard rapist and promote him so he can continue to rape over and over again.

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