Things We Haven't Said: Sexual Violence Survivors Speak Out

Things We Haven't Said: Sexual Violence Survivors Speak Out

by Erin Moulton (Editor)


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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.

"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 McCron

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942186342
Publisher: Zest Books
Publication date: 03/13/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 565,692
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Erin E. Moulton is the author of Flutter (Penguin, 2011), Tracing Stars (Penguin,  2012), Chasing the Milky Way (Penguin, 2014), and Keepers of the Labyrinth (Penguin, 2015). She is also editor of the anthology Things We Haven’t Said: Sexual Violence Survivors Speak Out (Zest, 2018). Her books have been selected and nominated for national and state award lists, such as the Amelia Bloomer list, the Kentucky Bluegrass Master List and the Isinglass Teen Read Award List. Erin loves fostering new voices, which makes her an active school visitor, mentor and workshop leader to writers of all ages. You can find her online at

Table of Contents

Foreword Sharon Lamb, EDD, PhD 6

Introduction 9

Ella Andrews 20

Dina Black 26

Imani Capri 34

Jennifer Carmer-Hall 45

Joan Clare 51

Jane Cochrane 58

G. Donald Cribbs 62

Maya Demri 70

Aaluk Edwardson 79

Sharon Abra Hanen 90

Janet Goldblatt Holmes 95

Carrie Jones 100

Laura H. Kelly 106

Aster Lee 115

Allison Maloney 120

Melissa Marr 125

Bryson McCrone 132

Barbara Mclean 137

Stephanie Oakes 142

Larena Patrick 150

Shanyn Kay Sprague 159

Misha Kamau James Tyler 166

Susan Vaught 173

Linda D. Wattley 179

Carol Lynch Williams 186

Where to Find Help 192

Resources 193

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