There are many very good reasons to decide to stop writing about one’s trauma, or to take a break from writing about one’s trauma — as someone who used to try to change hearts and minds about the topic of sexual assault by sharing my own experiences, I know how painful it can be to mine your trauma and have it feel like it hasn’t made an impact. But don’t let anyone convince you that your story is not worth telling, that the very act of existing and expressing yourself is unwanted. It’s not. Your experiences are valuable and your voice matters.

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