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I am thrilled to announce a new website geared toward supporting survivors as we write through our stories. I firmly believe in writing as a tool for healing. Gathering Oaks, started by writer Kirsten Ott,  is a volunteer run “online sanctuary dedicated to writing through trauma.” You can submit your stories with your byline or anonymously on the site. The goal is to find empowerment by owning your stories. If you have been toying with the idea of putting your life on the page, consider Gathering Oaks as a place to

I wrote The Letter No One Wrote My Mother many months before publishing it here. It was a private piece, a letter specific to the situation of a friend. I wrote it and I shared it with her, then I sat on it, afraid of how big it felt. I knew it was a piece that could help others, but to speak up was forbidden since childhood. The irony was not lost on me: that I was able to plead authentically with a friend that she change her situation, but not

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