eBook - No Visible Scars: Poetry for Rape Survivors
Edited by Allison Werth
3rd edition 2003, e-book 2006
Be prepared for a powerful, honest journey through the words and imagery of rape's aftermath, and surviving … well.
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Authors : Allison Werth, Hannah, Kurt Schlotzhauer, Ron, Sarah Deer, Stacy
NO VISIBLE SCARS is a compilation of poetry written by survivors and their loved ones. The book is designed to provide an insight into the emotional wreckage left in the aftermath of rape and sexual assault.
Allison Werth, a resident of Kansas for more than 20 years, survived a rape at gunpoint in May, 1997. During the subsequent months, she found her voice and strength by writing poetry. "No Visible Scars" is a compilation of poems written by Allison and her friends regarding the crime of sexual violence.
Though her perpetrator was caught, convicted, and sentenced to 44 years in prison, the impact of the crime on Allison and her family was devastating. "I will never be the exact same person I was before that horrible morning in 1997, but I refuse to let the vile things he did to me keep me from becoming someone better," says Allison, who decided to publish her poetry in order to help other survivors.
The poems in "No Visible Scars" are brutally and painfully honest, but the intense words and raw imagery reflect true survival in many forms. The pages in this book - full of desperation, anger, and hope - illuminate the reality for many survivors of sexual violence. No one who has survived such a horrible crime should have to feel isolated and alone, and this book is designed to offer empathy and connection for those who are suffering.
Since releasing the 1st edition of NO VISIBLE SCARS in 1999, Allison has received email and letters from people all around the world. The book has impacted not only other survivors of rape, but counselors, teachers, parents, spouses, and friends of survivors. "A friend of mine said it perfectly," Allison says. "She said that ‘Rape is like murdering someone, but leaving them alive.’ With this book, I want people to know that it's not a permanent ‘death.’ That they CAN make it through and truly live again."
This book is an inside look into the minds and souls of people who have survived sexual violence. Be prepared for an in-depth, honest, and realistic look into the hidden devastation caused by this hideous crime. The words themselves may not always be pleasant, but the intent of this book is to be part of a larger journey towards healing. Each poem represents a victory over terror; each word symbolizes another moment of surviving after trauma.
Text from the Back of the Book :
No Visible Scars includes poetry written by Allison and five others (survivors and loved ones) regarding sexual violence and the emotional aftermath that follows. Full of everything from desperate prayers to infuriated ravings, this book gives voice to a wide range of emotions - from the overwhelmed victim to the ranting, angry survivor.
The poems in this book speak volumes of truth about what many survivors face within themselves after being raped. The words and imagrery are brutally honest and reflect many overwhelming emotions survivors often feel while struggling to get through the aftermath; fear, sadness, anger, confusion, thoughts of death and suicide and isolation.
This book as a whole is not a cry of despair, but a voice of hope and proof that these horrendous crimes and the aftermath are not "unspeakable." By writing and expressing the feelings and pain, each author in this book has found a new way to move forward into triumph.
If you or someone you know have experienced rape or sexual assault, here is proof, in black and white, that you are not alone. Here is proof that you can survive, express your truths, and find yourself again.