Woman with Wings series from Practicingnormal.com

Woman with Wings (Censored Edition)

This post was edited to be more family friendly.   The original Woman with Wings with some nudity can be found here:  Woman with Wings

You had to live in an ice cave to miss all the news of the Dugger family the past month.  It was in every Facebook newsfeed and news story and just when you think it’s enough a new tidbit would pop up.   There are wonderful bloggers that wrote about the story highlighting the problems with society and covering up sexual abuse.

I was sick to my stomach every time I read a new angle on the story, but every time that we speak out about sexual abuse is a victory.

It breaks down the boundaries of silence and it makes it easier for the next survivor to come out and tell their story.

Here is mine:

There are many words that define me.

Woman, mother, wife.

Photographer, blogger, victim.

When I was a student I was date raped in an University Dorm.   I suffer from PTSD and had night terrors for years.  

With the help of a therapist and my wonderful husband I worked through the process from victim to SURVIVOR.  

Part of my process was taking photos of wonderful women and doing an artistic series called Woman with Wings.

 

Woman with Wings, an artistic photo series dealing with the healing process after sexual trauma.  See more photos at Practicingnormal.com

 

 

 

Woman with Wings, an artistic photo series dealing with the healing process after sexual trauma.  See more photos at Practicingnormal.com

 

 

 

Woman with Wings, an artistic photo series dealing with the healing process after sexual trauma.  See more photos at Practicingnormal.com

 

 

 

Woman with Wings, an artistic photo series dealing with the healing process after sexual trauma.  See more photos at Practicingnormal.com

 

 

 

Woman with Wings, an artistic photo series dealing with the healing process after sexual trauma.  See more photos at Practicingnormal.com

 

 

 

Woman with Wings, an artistic photo series dealing with the healing process after sexual trauma.  See more photos at Practicingnormal.com

 

 

 

Woman with Wings, an artistic photo series dealing with the healing process after sexual trauma.  See more photos at Practicingnormal.com

 

 

Woman with Wings, an artistic photo series dealing with the healing process after sexual trauma.  See more photos at Practicingnormal.com

 

 

Woman with Wings, an artistic photo series dealing with the healing process after sexual trauma.  See more photos at Practicingnormal.com

 

 

 

Woman with Wings, an artistic photo series dealing with the healing process after sexual trauma.  See more photos at Practicingnormal.com

 

 

 

Woman with Wings, an artistic photo series dealing with the healing process after sexual trauma.  See more photos at Practicingnormal.com

 

 

 

Woman with Wings, an artistic photo series dealing with the healing process after sexual trauma.  See more photos at Practicingnormal.com

 

 

 

Woman with Wings, an artistic photo series dealing with the healing process after sexual trauma.  See more photos at Practicingnormal.com

 

 

 

Woman with Wings, an artistic photo series dealing with the healing process after sexual trauma.  See more photos at Practicingnormal.com

 

 

 

Woman with Wings, an artistic photo series dealing with the healing process after sexual trauma.  See more photos at Practicingnormal.com

 

 

 

 

Woman with Wings, an artistic photo series dealing with the healing process after sexual trauma.  See more photos at Practicingnormal.com

 

 

 

Woman with Wings, an artistic photo series dealing with the healing process after sexual trauma.  See more photos at Practicingnormal.com

 

 

 

Woman with Wings, an artistic photo series dealing with the healing process after sexual trauma.  See more photos at Practicingnormal.com

 

 

 

Woman with Wings, an artistic photo series dealing with the healing process after sexual trauma.  See more photos at Practicingnormal.com

 

This series is a reflection of my personal journey and do not in any way imply that men cannot be victims of sexual violence.

I want to thank all the wonderful women donated their time and faces for the project.  It is not implied that they were survivors of sexual assault or violence, only that they were kind enough to believe in my project and to help me with my healing process.   Without your help the Woman with Wings project would not have been possible.  There is not enough words in the world to express how much I appreciated your help.

If you are a victim of sexual assault you can reach out for help at RAINN.  Rainn provides support for sexual assault victims and their loved.  You can contact them at 800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org.

 

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16 replies
  1. Sandy Sandmeyer
    Sandy Sandmeyer says:

    Thank you for sharing your experience. It’s very vulnerable to share something like this, but I hope that it will continue to heal you. Thank you for sharing at the #AnythingGoes Link Party.

  2. Melanie Greenhalgh
    Melanie Greenhalgh says:

    This is a brave post because sharing our hurt and fears leaves us exposed but this bravery demonstrates that things can be different and by sharing your experiences you will help more people than you will ever know. I am humbled by your experiences and please know that this was not your fault and you have my respect because you are a powerful woman making a difference. Linking up with #MMWBH Mel xx

  3. Meredith@MommyAtoZ
    Meredith@MommyAtoZ says:

    This is an amazing, powerful project. I’m sorry for what you have been through, and for the pain everyone involved in this project has felt. You’ve taken on something brave and empowering! Thank you for sharing and linking up at the Manic Mondays blog hop!

  4. Sadia
    Sadia says:

    Thank you. Thank you for speaking out. Thank you for giving victims a voice so that we can become survivors. I was raped by my boyfriend in college. I was raped by my husband. I’m a survivor. Thank you for linking with #TwinklyTuesday.

  5. Melissa
    Melissa says:

    It’s amazing how many people are sexually assaulted in college. Thank you for sharing your story and these powerful images.

  6. Jenny
    Jenny says:

    You are so strong and what a great cause to support and get out there. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. Hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round. #sharewithme

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