My name is Megs. I am a woman. I am human. I am an artist. And I am a survivor of sexual assault. As we all stand, grow and survive together in this time of change, I’ve created this blog, I Am a Survivor Project as a safe haven and reminder of who we are. To have our voices heard, build human connection, and support each other.
I am a survivor of childhood sexual assault. I, personally, spent over a decade identifying myself as a “victim”, afraid to trust someone new in my life, and at times, could not look past the painful memories. Living life day by day thinking one will forever be a “victim” of sexual assault and/or domestic violence shatters one’s self-esteem and generates insecurity.
I’d created a silkscreen project called i am a survivor back in 2013. The purpose of i am a survivor was (and is) to remind survivors of all genders, sexualities, ages, and race/cultures they are not victims, but survivors. In other words, i am a survivor was to help raise self-awareness and not dwell in the negativity of the word “victim”.
Since 2013, I’ve delivered and spoken about i am a survivor to survivors and artists, and as of now in 2017, this initial creative mission has grown to be known as I Am a Survivor Project. I Am a Survivor Project is to remind survivors of sexual assault, survivors of domestic violence, and survivors of discrimination that they’re all survivors, and they are not alone. My hope is to express this positive message in different ways from a card one carries in one’s pocket to seeing the self in a public mirror. I will continue to create i am a survivor cards, and I plan to place them in public spaces within my community of Portland, OR. I encourage everyone in not just Portland, but WORLDWIDE to spread this message, whether it’s writing i am a survivor on public and private mirrors, in notebooks and journals, by raising your voice and announcing you’re a survivor, and/or creating your own images that express who you are. Don’t be afraid to tell your story. I Am a Survivor Project represents personal and community growth, surviving and overcoming physical traumas, and ending sexual violence and discrimination.
Feel free to share your story and document your message. I will be making, creating and building for the days to come. I will place i am a survivor cards in public spaces, and share my documentation of where I’d placed them. I’ve also created a Facebook page, @iamasurvivorproject, and an Instagram account (also under the same name), where we all can share our journeys together as well.
Lets make a difference!
The memories will continue to haunt us, but they won’t define us.