survivor love letter card

New Favorite Tumblr: #SurvivorLoveLetter

letter to my 15-year-old self

This Valentine’s Day, Twitter was flooded with messages of love for survivors of sexual violence. Created by Tani Ikeda of imMEDIAte Justice, the #SurvivorLoveLetter campaign was a way to offer support on a day that can often be tough for survivors.

For many of us, Valentine’s Day is an anniversary of violence. #survivorloveletter is a call to survivors of sexual violence and our loved ones to publicly celebrate our lives. By telling our stories we seek to build knowledge and reflect on the ways we heal ourselves and our communities.

Love letters that are longer than 140 characters can be found on the #SurvivorLoveLetter Tumblr. So far there are beautiful, heartbreaking letters to a survivor from their partner, to a daughter from her dad, from a stranger in solidarity, from survivors to their 17-year-old, 14-year-old, five-year-old selves, and more. Check them out if you’re in need of some love and/or submit one yourself so that the site can be a source of support and community 365 days of the year.

letter to my daughter
It's not your fault

St. Paul, MN

Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like,, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

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