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SURVIVOR











Written, Edited, & Published by,

Lindsay Keane
















1st Edition, November 2017




PREFACE



I decided to write this story as a short story even though it is about one of the greatest struggles of my life and was a significant challenge for me for over 20 years. I kept it short for three reasons: 1) to keep it as affordable as possible; 2) to raise the chances of it being read by more people who need its message; and 3) too keep from masking any of its most important messages within too many details. I ask, if you have been a victim of sexual assault, that if you for any reason lose interest while reading, that you at least jump to the last lines of the book to read this story's ultimate message at heart. I ask, if you are someone who knows anyone who has experienced sexual assault, that you pass this book onto her/him, because this story is meant to validate, heal, and encourage renewed strength and motivation to continue the healing journey.

My personal healing journey was a very long one and in some senses continues to this day. I kept my rape a secret for many years and lied to myself for as long as I could, telling myself it had not changed me. But the Truth always found ways to manifest itself in my life, and I would eventually be forced to face things. Healing is a process less about a destination than it is about maintaining hope, finding acceptance and the will to continue the journey. It is my greatest wish that readers will find this hope, acceptance, and renewed strength through my sharing.




SURVIVOR


A Poetic Prose: My Journey from Victim to Survivor…


I still believe in love,

though I haven’t had it to hold.


When I was 16 years old

I threw a party while my parents were out of town.

It was some of the most fun I had ever had…

Until it wasn’t anymore.


I made out with someone who I thought was a friend.

He knew me.

He knew I was a virgin.

He asked me once, “What are you waiting for?”


I said “It’s not some kind of moral rule…

I’m just waiting for love.”


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