Over the last few days, so many people have told me their stories of being raped or abused, of not being believed, of family and friends breaking apart.

Everything I can say: I’m sorry. I believe you. It’s not your fault. You are brave, and whole, and loved by this stranger with all the love of all the internet cats — all this seems inadequate to your outpouring.

The only thing I can think to add, though, is thank you. Thank you for sharing that part of yourself that’s hurt and scared. And I hope beyond all that there’s healing and peace for all of you.

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