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I didnโ€™t report it because.... This has been the starting sentence for so many survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Being a survivor myself, I stand strong with so many others to say: We are survivors. We are strong. We will not be silenced. ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธโœŠ๐ŸปโœŠ๐ŸผโœŠ๐ŸฝโœŠ๐ŸพโœŠ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ‘ญ ๐Ÿ“ท @blakechollaway and @rideofthevalkyries #believewomen #womenwhoroar #breakthesilence #metoo โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข #losangeles #womenempowerment #bossbabe #bosslady #womensupportingwomen #survivor #punkrock #art #forwomenwhoroar #timeisup #timeisupnow #wehearyou #believesurvivors #dismantlerapeculture #resist #artist #raiseyourvoice #womenspeakout #noshame #dontstaysilent #jointhefight #realtalk #strongwomen #ibelieveyou

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11 minutes ago

What barriers are you unconsciously holding? Coming across this quote is timely for me as I work to pull down the barriers in my own heart, as I witness women bringing forward their most vulnerable and painful experiences, as I witness clients and friends bringing love to the forefront. #collaborateilluminatecreate #ibelieveyou #lovequotes #love

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You donโ€™t need to prove anything. I believe you. I see you. I see your courage and your strength and the way you refuse to let them win. I hear your pain. I hear your heartache. I hear a voice that knows intimately what survival feels like. And whether you decide to shout your story from the rooftops or keep your experiences to yourself, know this: You are not alone. You will never be alone. We stand shoulder to shoulder with you. We ARE you. And we will not rest until we turn truth into justice.

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3 hours ago

๐Ÿ–ค I stand with survivors of domestic & sexual violence. Thatโ€™s why I created @exhale2inhale. Join us on Monday October 15th from 6pm - 8pm at Pergola as we celebrate all that we have accomplished in the last 5 years and all that is ahead of us. Link in bio to RSVP. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ โ€ขโ€ขโ€ข Exhale to Inhale empowers those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault to transform their lives. ETI uses the healing practice of trauma-informed yoga to empower survivors, while helping communities develop skills and knowledge to support them. Image: @brakethrough_media for @lululemon #metoo #timesup #itstimetoheal #whyididntreport #empowerment #resilience #ibelieveyou #imwithyou #strongertogether #lululemonambassador #exhaletoinhale #5years #happybirthday #domesticviloenceawareness #sexualassaultawareness

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3 hours ago

I would like to say and I have said it before that I support and believe survivors. Women, men, non-binary, transgender, everyone. I believe people when they say something traumatic happened to them. To the two women (possibly three?) standing up against #kavanaugh , I believe you. To those who face their abusers daily, I believe you. And to those who sit in silence, afraid; I believe you and I support you too. #BelieveSurvivors. #timesup #ibelieveyou #stopkavanaugh

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Itโ€™s heartbreaking to me that women who choose to come forward and reveal that theyโ€™ve been sexually assaulted, abused or raped, arenโ€™t believed. Womenโ€™s bodies are so objectified that itโ€™s not surprising that we donโ€™t know how to speak up when something bad happens. We live in a world that has expectations for us that include sexualizing our bodies. When we show our bodies, we do it to take our power back, not to please others. Society applauds overflowing breasts in a too-small dress; the masses are supportive of pretty much any display of female nudity, except for when we take out a milky breast to feed our babies, in which case, we are asked to go nurse in the bathroom or to cover up. We get eyed, cat called, leaned into, groped, touched, kissed, pet, but if we choose to say something, we are told to calm down (the two most annoying words on the planet). We are told that we are overreacting when we respond loudly to an unexpected, unwarranted touch or with any reaction other than red cheeks and a bashful downward gaze. If you look left and look right, regardless of where you are sitting, the women you see have experienced some sort of inappropriate sexual touch, and the first time it happened, she was probably in middle school. MIDDLE SCHOOL. Statistics stating that the amount of women who have been sexually assaulted or raped is like 1 in 4, which is total crap to me. Thatโ€™s REPORTED and BELIEVED. Itโ€™s probably closer to 1 in 2. With the way that we treat women who choose to speak up and tell, itโ€™s no wonder that so many of us choose to keep quiet. We arenโ€™t believed; we are publicly made fun of and shamed. If your mother, daughter, sister or wife was raped or sexually assaulted and had the courage to tell, would you believe her? I ask honestly because in todayโ€™s world, women have to prove it, often being called โ€œliarsโ€ when they are telling their sad and frightening truth. And thatโ€™s just another injury to the soul, another way to keep women quiet and under control. Sick of the #metoo movement? Then keep your eyes and hands to yourself, and keep your pants zipped. Oh, and when a woman tells their story, believe them. #ibelievechristineblaseyford

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3 hours ago

I didn't report it because I was only 5 years old. The teenager that repeatedly raped me threatened to kill my beloved Daddy. At 13, I was molested by an Uncle. When I told my Aunt... She blamed me for fixing my hair and wearing makeup. I began talking to my therapist about these incedences in my late 30's... Still trembling as I recalled the fear, the shame, the pain. #believesurvivors #stopkavanaugh #believethem #rape #sexualassault #molestation #ibelieveyou #ithappendtometoo #yourenotalone #stoptheblame #endtheshame #share #bebrave #blaseyford

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8 hours ago

I stand with my fellow survivors. I have been pressured. I have been groped. I said no. They didnโ€™t listen. I was told I was a prude. That I should be grateful that they thought I was pretty. They defined me by my body. They felt entitled to it. I was told that because we didnโ€™t have sex that it wasnโ€™t a big deal. They were just playing. Thankfully, I was able to physically defend myself. Despite knowing I was rightly protecting myself, I felt guilty for doing so. Perhaps it was because I was young and hadnโ€™t come into my womanhood. Whatโ€™s more likely, however, is that young girls are taught to be flattered when a boy shows them attention. And while rape accusations are consistently dismissed or questioned, lack of penetration is frequently treated as harmless. . This is what our society teaches many of our men. And women are taught that boys will be boys, so we should excuse their behavior. Even with what has happened to me, I note that my experiences donโ€™t rise to the level of what most think of as rape. I note this in order to emphasize that sexual assault is a spectrum, with none of it being okay. #WhyIDidntReport #MeToo #IWasBlamed #IBelieveHer #WeBelieveHer #IBelieveSurvivors #IBelieveYou #BelieveSurvivors #TimesUp

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8 hours ago

#Repost @traumaandco ใƒปใƒปใƒป cc. @isabel_abbott โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข i do believe you. and that doesn't mean i know. and i won't ever claim i do know. that i know for you, or know what it means, or know your own experience, or that because we share something that has the same name (harassment/abuse/sexual assault) that this means we were or are having the same experience.ย  and i don't need us to be having the same experience to say, i believe you. I trust you. i'm with you. . . . #believesurvivors #ibelieveyou โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข . . . . . . . . . . . #trauma #complextrauma #connection #community #complexities #compassion #collectiveliberation #companionship #ptsd #complexptsd #cptsd #yourstorymatters #yourvoicematters #rapeculture #rape #sexualabuse #sexualassault #sexualviolence #sexualharrassment #childsexualabuse #childabuse #domesticviolence #isabelabbott

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8 hours ago

Participated in the Walk Out today for Dr. Ford, Anita Hill & Deborah Ramirez. I wear black usually & I contract/freelance design from home, but I wanted to stand in solidarity, on the principle of the matter, for all the victims of sexual assault that went unreported & everyone who wasnโ€™t believed. #ibelieveyou #creenlasmujeras #BelieveSurviviors #believewomen #stopkavanaugh

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9 hours ago

[STORY SERIES, 5 of 9] ๐Ÿ’Ÿ #WhyIDidntReport. . . ๐Ÿ’ŸThe past four stories I've shared have been single incidents, but today I'm going to pull from several experiences. And by the way, deciding on which incidents to share in the last four posts has been extremely difficult. Not just because they were difficult to experience, but because there are so many to choose from. . . ๐Ÿ’ŸToday I want to share how I am feeling in this age of #MeToo and #CancelKavanaugh. . . ๐Ÿ’ŸEvery day I see or hear on the news, on the internet, or within family or social circle conversations, an invalidation of my experiences. What some may not understand is that dismissing #christineblaseyford is essentially dismissing me. And you. And all survivors. . . ๐Ÿ’ŸBut WHY? Her accusations are hers, and mine are mine, they'll tell me. I know you are truthful but how do we know she is, they say. How do we know she isn't doing this for political gain, they interject. How DARE you say I am dismissing your experience, they explode. . . ๐Ÿ’ŸHere it is: I am her, and she is me. She is you, survivor. I did not have her exact experience in the literal sense, no. But I have been her. So many of us have been Christine Ford. . . ๐Ÿ’ŸI didn't report it because sometimes I could not find solace even in the arms of my closest friends, who perhaps meant well but shut me down in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. I didn't report it because I have been told we (victims) do it to ourselves in the way we dress, become intoxicated, and confuse romantic partners by wanting gender equity. . . ๐Ÿ’ŸI didn't report it because my complaints of being violated have been met with anger, resentment, dismissal, violence, silence, and mockery -- more times than I can count. I didn't report it because I still, to this day, have to justify my experiences to those who seemingly can't wait to debate their validity. . . ๐Ÿ’ŸEvery day survivors like myself are re-living some of the most horrifying experiences of our lives while we try to explain our own pain, read about others pain, and watch as scandal after scandal unfolds in the White House and Hollywood. Every day. Every day we are reminded. . . ๐Ÿ’ŸTo all my survivors, I see you; I believe you

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9 hours ago

I'm beyond livid and triggered at the moment. Stumbled into a conversation where a person straight said "she should of said something then if shes telling the truth" and continued on... everything to victim shame a young female... How it's her fault she didn't speak up... I'm a huge advocate for #victimsrights being a surviving victim myself!!! . PEOPLE GET A FUCKING CLUE!!! . #ibelieveyou . NO PERON ..LET ALONE A MAN, HAS ANY RIGHT TO TELL A WOMAN NOR A YOUNG GIRL SHE SHOULD HAVE SPOKEN UP, SAID SOMETHING, DONE SOMETHING. UNTIL YOU YOURSELF HAVE EVER BEEN IN A SIMILAR SITUATION, YOU DONT HAVE ANY RIGHT TO OPEN YOUR MOUTH IN REGARDS TO WHAT SHE SHOULDVE DONE IN THIS SITUATION!!! ITS A LOT EASIER TO RUN YOUR IGNORANT MOUTH THAN TO BE A #SURVIVOR

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11 hours ago

#believesurvivors This is me, maybe around 4ish, and my Auntie Terri in 1980. When all the sexual violence that happened to me from about the age I was in this picture, until I was a teenager came out, she believed me. She had my back. Always. Her voice and her act of bravery, no matter her loss, set forth a trajectory in my life of healing, loyalty, and courage. May I ever be as strong as my greatest ally. I canโ€™t even begin to tell you how her believing me changed my life. Believe survivors. #survivorartscollective #survivor #westernma #eastworks_ma #eastworks_community #easthampton #easthamptonma #traumainformed #ibelieveyou #itwasntyourfault #saferspace #queer #queerpoc #qtpoc #queersmallbusiness #localsmallbusiness #othersidema #pioneervalley #intersectionalfeminism #fuckshame #yourenotalone #smashcapitalism #fuckthepatriarchy #activism #endrapeculture

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#believesurvivors This is me, maybe around 4ish, and my Auntie Terri in 1980. When all the sexual violence that happened to me from about the age I was in this picture, until I was a teenager came out, she believed me. She had my back. Always. Her voice and her act of bravery, no matter her loss, set forth a trajectory in my life of healing, loyalty, and courage. May I ever be as strong as my greatest ally. I canโ€™t even begin to tell you how her believing me changed my life. Believe survivors. #survivorartscollective #survivor #westernma #eastworks_ma #eastworks_community #easthampton #easthamptonma #traumainformed #ibelieveyou #itwasntyourfault #saferspace #queer #queerpoc #qtpoc #queersmallbusiness #localsmallbusiness #othersidema #pioneervalley #intersectionalfeminism #fuckshame #yourenotalone #smashcapitalism #fuckthepatriarchy #activism #endrapeculture

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Captivated by this fiery piece from @callthepeople. Iโ€™d love to name it #ibelieveyou People who speak up (immediately, or decades later) regarding any form of personal violation deserve to be heard, respected, and attuned to. Anything else will *never* be okay. Enough. Seriously. . . . . . . #respect #for #all

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12 hours ago

I Believe Survivors. The first time I was raped I was 17. When I told my best friend, he looked at the ground and said โ€œI really wish you hadnโ€™t told me that.โ€ So I didnโ€™t tell anyone again for a really long time. The guy who raped me? Also a friend. The friend who wished I hadnโ€™t told him and said I shouldnโ€™t report? Heโ€™s a State Trooper now. #survivor #metoo #whyididntreport #believewomen #believesurvivors #stopkavanaugh #endrapeculture #stoprape #ibelievechristineblaseyford #ibelieveyou #endviolenceagainstwomen

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12 hours ago

This world can do better. Itโ€™s sad that we live in a world where both men and women go through what they do, face the fears that they do, feel the need to hide the way they do. No man or woman who has been through sexual assault should ever have to feel ashamed for telling their story or for not if thatโ€™s what they choose. You are not alone. Itโ€™s not your fault. You matter. You are loved. I will stand by you. #metoo #believesurvivors #timesup #awareness #ibelieveyou

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#believesurvivors women, men, and children. The second bravest, act after surviving sexual abuse or harassment, is facing the public after you come forth with your story. I did it, I wasnโ€™t believed either. One of my abusers stole my innocence and violated me again when he won against me in court, I was 14. Tread lightly people if youโ€™re not a survivor ask someone who is and whatever your truth seek compassion first and foremost. Thank you for listening โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ™ #ibelieveyou

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#BELIEVESURVIVORS Itโ€™s disgusting and heart wrenching to me to read all of the hate filled, closed minded, vile comments of those who are so quick to dismiss the story of a victim who has literally put her own life and the lives of her family members at risk just to speak the truth. People so ready to vilify someone who has been silent for so long, and probably would have stayed silent forever, had her perpetrator not been being interviewed to appointment to one of the highest and most powerful positions in this country. I truly donโ€™t understand why itโ€™s so hard for people to understand why she would come forward now. If you had personal experience with someone that you felt made them inherently unfit to serve in a public position, wouldnโ€™t you see it as your moral duty as an American citizen to say something? And not to mention, she tried to do this anonymously and was outed. Yet everyone, men and women alike want to say this is for attention or just a political stunt, or what ever. Donโ€™t these people have souls? Heโ€™s not on trial, heโ€™s up for a job! A job in which his character and moral belief system will come into play. This whole thing is traumatic for all of the women who have been sexually abused, victimized, assaulted, harassed, and are simply tired of fighting to be 1) treated as equal citizens and not just bodies to be violated and used and 2) have their voices heard and respected as equal to those of menโ€™s. Iโ€™m so sick of this shit. If he has nothing to hide, why is this being politicized? Why not do a simple investigation? Iโ€™m so tired of marginalized voices being questioned, gaslit, maligned, and silenced. When will people wake up to the realities of these systems that are destroying the lives and spirits of so many while the status quo allows those who benefit to continue getting ahead? It has to stop. #womensrightsarehumanrights #feminism #blacklivesmatter #feminist #intersectionalfeminism #empathy #survivor #iwillnotbesilent #onedayatatime #justice #truth #socialjustice @timesupnow #metoo #timesup #ibelievedrchristineblaseyford #believewomen #ibelieveyou

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