Victims are not victims, not some fragile, sorrowful aftermath. Victims are survivors, and survivors are going to be doing a hell of a lot more than surviving.
The survivor of on-campus rape by then Stanford freshman Brock Turner came forward with an anonymous letter in Glamour that is honest, brave, empowering and, in it’s anonymity, universally relatable to any sexual assault survivor. Through this letter, “Emily” reminds other survivors of their worth and what they can become. In “Emily”’s estimation, “we are not defined by what happened to us in the past, but what we make happen in the future” - and we agree!