My girl Brene Brown wrote "Vulnerability is about showing up and being seen. It's tough to do that when we are terrified about what people might see or think" Showing up in this space of vulnerability is terrifying but exhilarating. It is tearing away the mask of what I "should" be while replacing it with who I truly am, scars and all.
This blogging project is rooted in many things that I have written about so far, but a main focus is bringing visibility to male victims of childhood sexual abuse. With this in mind, as I head down the home stretch of this blogging project, I want to ask you a favor.
It has taken me nearly 20 years to share my story and be seen. Now that I have, I want to create an artifact that might encourage other victims to share their stories. The artifact will be a video highlighting people who have supported me in this sharing journey. I want victims to know that in their lives there will be people who will step up and support them, even unexpected ones.
So I want to make a video. I love to make videos. I make many for work so it has turned into a therapeutic hobby. So here is what I need from you.
I WANT YOU TO GRAB A POST-IT, NOTECARD, PIECE OF PAPER, OR ANYTHING YOU CAN WRITE ON NEARBY. WRITE THE WORDS "I SEE YOU". AND SNAP A PICTURE/SELFIE OF YOU HOLDING IT UP FOR ME. Put those pictures in the comments of my Facebook post or send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I want to see the faces of the people who have supported and seen me through this journey. I want the victims who might stumble across this blog to see what could possibly happen if they take this step to stand in their truth as survivors.
It will just take 2-3 minutes to make this happen. My goal is 100 PICTURES. If you have taken the time to read my story, please take a little time to help me with this video project.
I hope to post the video on Day 29 or 30. :)