Things We Haven’t Said

Sexual Violence Survivors Speak Out

*A necessary and powerful resource. --Kirkus, Starred Review

"There are days when I am less stardust than sawdust, less survivor than victim, but that does not mean that the reclamation of my own body is any less eternal." -Jane Cochrane

"How to describe the feeling of not being believed? It is the feeling of disappearing."
-Stephanie Oakes"I used to want to hurt you, to break you, to give you the sort of nightmares I still have so many years later." -Melissa Marr

"It's so easy to say you'll fight when it's not happening to you. But then it was happening to me. And I locked up. My bones had all linked together and I was still." -Bryson McCrone

Things We Haven't Said is a powerful collection of poems, essays, letters, vignettes and interviews written by a diverse group of impressive adults who survived sexual violence as children and adolescents. Structured to incorporate creative writing to engage the reader and informative interviews to dig for context, this anthology is a valuable resource of hope, grit and honest conversation that will help teens tackle the topic of sexual violence, upend stigma and maintain hope for a better future.


This book will save hearts.
This book will save minds.
This book will save lives.

A.S. King, author of Still Life with Tornado and I Crawl Through It

...a message of hope and healing that belongs on every young person's bookshelf.
 --Amber Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Way I Used to Be and The Last to Let GoChallenging, heartbreaking and ultimately healing...a beautiful firsthand account from rape survivors about the impact of sexual assault on their lives.
Christa Desir, author of Fault Line, Bleed Like Me, and Other Broken Things

Things We Haven't Said should be given to all college students in orientation classes because it so beautifully outlines the impact of sexual violence.--BitchMedia

*A necessary and powerful resource. --Kirkus, Starred Review
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About G. Donald Cribbs

From the Editor (Erin Moulton)

Honestly? As the editor I am totally and completely biased. I've had the privilege of editing this anthology. I've had the privilege of being a small part of this work that I think is incredibly powerful and incredibly important. But I have a few thoughts as you dive in.

1) This is tough stuff. There's no getting around that. But these survivors are here, talking, and frankly, they're incredible people with a lot of insight. Sometimes, the content can be uncomfortable, but the insights I've gained from moving beyond that discomfort, listening and engaging in conversation has given me so much.

2) I wish there was a universal cure for trauma. A universal insight that could make it all better. A universal story that everyone can relate to. But...there isn't. This book has so many perspectives, so many suggestions for coping and so many honest conversations about triumph and failure on the road to "recovery." There might be stories that resonate a whole lot with you. There might be some that don't. And another reader will likely have the opposite reaction. That's totally ok. We're all here.

3) This book isn't just for teen survivors. Let's face it, sexual violence toward children and adolescents is a real problem(Check the stats section at the back). We don't talk much about it because it's hard to face. But if we did talk about it, if we'd listen to survivor stories and validate their experiences and feelings, we'd be making leaps and bounds toward de-stigmatization. Let's do that.

4) Anthologists have donated their time and stories for this anthology and I've donated my time editing and organizing. Net proceeds of TWHS go to charity.

Take care of yourself and each other

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