For me, it will be six years on August 3 since I was attacked overseas. Speaking to fellow rape survivors, we agree that anniversaries can be really challenging.
Alive Day is a concept I learned about when I worked as Director of Development and PR at the San Diego Armed Services YMCA. Combat injured military would sometimes be encouraged to privately mark or celebrate the day of their trauma and all that they have overcome. Surviving trauma is a feat worth noting, and on my fifth #AliveDay last August, I launched the Interest List for the first Sunlight Retreat for Survivors of Rape. It took me a long time to get there; there was a lot of hiding, Judge Judy and pain in between. I hope rape survivors can adopt their Alive Day, where it becomes a personal celebration of small accomplishments, when you can finally escape the nightmares and memories of the perpetrator and it once again becomes only you in your head. If you get out of bed, if you go to work, and even if you can’t, you are still with us, and are still persevering and I know you will get there. -Brittany