I am more than a vagina.
I laugh, I grieve, I love.
I have within me the power to care, to comfort, and to change the world.
I have the ability to become a mother.
I am my mother’s beloved daughter.
I am a woman.
I have something in common with all queens and empresses.
I embody every woman ever adored as a goddess.
I can be reduced to a slave, but my spirit will always be free.
I am a sentient, emotional being; my soul is eternal.
I am not a victim, I am a survivor.
I survived the hell you made for me; I will sure as hell make a better future for myself.
I deserve a man who will respect me for my mind and my heart, who appreciates me for the beautiful person I am; I will not settle for less.
I will not allow your ugliness to taint my loveliness.
I will not be defined by my past.
I am a human being.
You can only see me as a vagina because you are only a penis.
You’re a mindless dick walking around pretending to be a man, a monstrosity with no useful purpose.
You cannot control me.
I have become stronger, kinder, and more beautiful because I needed to and because those qualities were already within me.
I am worth more than you can ever comprehend.
I am resilient.
I am me.
This news story did not just hit close to home, it is home. I cannot adequately describe the seething rage and sorrow that have gripped me in the past few days, but I am heartily glad that these women have survived their long ordeal. The men who did this to them will never see justice, unless by some rare infusion of wisdom the courts decree that they be held captive for ten years, chained to their beds, with the general prison population allowed to do with them as they please.
If this story has touched your heart as it has mine, please consider making a donation to or shopping at Women At Risk International, a faith-based organization that has safe houses in over 30 countries, including the United States. W.A.R. International works with Interpol and the FBI to rescue women who have been forced into prostitution against their will, and also provides them with job training so they can earn their living with dignity and beauty. When you purchase a craft item, 90% of your money will go back to the actual safe house where that product was made.
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