In April of 2017, before the MeToo movement, I wrote an open letter to sexual assault survivors, sharing details about an attack where two strangers drugged and abused a 16-year-old high school student.
That 16-year-old girl was me.
With the simple click of a button, I released a burden that I carried for way too long, while also lending a voice to an all-too-common narrative: sexual assault.
I released a burden that I carried for way too long, while also lending a voice to an all-too-common narrative: sexual assault.
Women and men from all over the country reached out to me, sharing their experiences. They explained how my story gave them hope and allowed them to realize the prevalence of this epidemic.
The opportunity to write and share my story was a cathartic and empowering process. I owned my truth as opposed to living in fear of it.
Publishing nearly a play-by-play of my attack, as well as the aftermath, also gave me the chance to use my past to inspire change, instill hope and educate people.
We created The Unsealed with the belief that we could provide a safe space for people of all walks of life to share honest and intimate open letters.
Through vulnerability we want to help more people transform their pain into power, as we establish a platform that paves the way for universal progress.
With hope and love,
Lauren Arielle Brill (Co-Founder of The Unsealed)
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About the sponsor and the charity:
Bella Abzug Leadership Institute aka BALI is run by Liz Abzug, the daughter of famous women’s rights leader and politician Bella Abzug. Liz was a professor of mine at Columbia. She played a huge role in helping me become a strong and empowered young woman. So please share my story, donate to a great cause and let’s make a difference!