The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: We Will Not Be Silenced edited by Christine E. Ray, Kindra M. Austin, Candice & Louisa Daquin Rachel Finch

TW: Rape

dark intentions
Linda M. Crate
“i bet you don’t remember me,” you smirked with that devil may cry
grin; and i froze like a doe in the headlights, unable to move—i
remember being little more than a girl and you were my boyfriend
and your sister wasn’t watching us, of how powerless and angry you
made me feel when you kissed my lips thrice when i told you no all
three times; of how terrified i was when you tried to force yourself on
me—but in a rush of adrenaline somehow i was able to keep hold of
my flowers, my innocence was shattered though; i realized that the
big bad wolf’s of little red riding hood weren’t strangers but rather
people you thought you knew—there was no turning back to that girl i
once was, and every time i hear the compliment, “you have a pretty
smile” i hear your voice saying the same thing; and i am haunted by
it—such a nice thing to have someone say to me, and yet i cannot
embrace it as i should because i am reminded of you and your dark

This selection comes from the book, We Will Not Be Silenced, available from Indie Blu(e).  Purchase your copy here! Our curator for this selection is Nilsa Rivera .

We Will Not Be Silenced: The Lived Experience of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Told Powerfully Through Poetry, Prose, Essay, and Art is the brainchild of Kindra M. Austin, Candice Louisa Daquin, Rachel Finch, and Christine E. Ray. The four indie writers and survivors felt compelled to organize a response after wide-spread, highly publicized cases of rape, sexual harassment, and misconduct. They chose to advocate, educate, and resist through art. The editors opened submissions for just two weeks to women and men around the world. The response from writers and artists was overwhelming: the final anthology includes 166 pieces of writing and art from 95 contributors around the globe.

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