A poem by Darolyn Stewart for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Inside Out’s Safe at Schools Coalition Coordinator Darolyn Stewart (she/her) has shared this poem with us in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. We honor her vulnerability, her strength, and her voice. Thank you, Darolyn, for sharing your story.

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Resilient I am

When life was ripped away by my childhood friend who couldn’t resist himself

Resilience

When I walked back to my dorm room with blood-soaked shorts that weren’t even mine

Resilience

When I replayed over and over if I had asked for it

Resilience                                                   

When I held every ounce of sickness and brokenness within the pit of my stomach

Resilience

When I never pressed charges or confronted my friend’s abuse

Resilience

When I returned home and buried it all behind

Resilience

When I reclaimed my body as mine and used sex to have some sort of power over the pain

Resilience

When I began to understand that I was indeed date raped and it was not my fault

Resilience

When I set my sights on inwardness and true character

Resilience

When I moved across the country to continue my journey of healing

Resilience

When I sat in years of singleness as I developed boundaries and worked through upholding them

Resilience

When I sat into the patience of life and allowed life’s path to continue its trajectory

Resilience

When I began to share with others, no longer afraid to be bold and loud

Resilient I am