Sarah Stevenson

Victim To Survivor - Poem by Sarah Stevenson

Love is abuse

And I will never again believe that

I am valuable and worthy of love

I know that

Nobody will ever understand the pain that I feel

Even when it seems like

Everything is going to be ok

I constantly remind myself

I somehow deserve everything that is happening to me and this is all my fault

When I find myself thinking that

I am strong and beautiful

I know that

This couldn't be further from the truth


I am worthless

I refuse to believe that

Love is respect


People really do love and care about me

The world has shown me that

Nobody knows me better than me

Even though

I am misunderstood, alone, and forgotten

I do not believe that

I am a Survivor

Note: This poem is meant to be read from top to bottom, then bottom to top

Topic(s) of this poem: beautiful, beauty, change, life, love, relationship, relationships, survivor, women empowerment

Form: Free Verse

Poet's Notes about The Poem

While I was getting my Bachelor's in Social Work, I did my internship at a community based, survivor-led non-profit organization that works with teen girls who are at-risk or victims of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic minor sex trafficking. I wrote this poem from my own personal experience of surviving a sexual assault as well as from the personal experiences of the many beautiful girls I had the honor of connecting with. This poem is meant to be read from top to bottom, then bottom to top and it's about the process of going from a victim to a survivor.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, October 12, 2017

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