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Survivors Speak ~ Art, Music, Poetry, Photography and Other Original Creative Works by Child Sexual Abuse Survivors

Being a CSA survivor is not something to be ashamed of. Rather, it is something that we should all be proud of having the strength, courage and commitment to overcome and THRIVE!  This is what Survivors Speak is about: showing the world who we are, sharing our talents, being brave and bold and seen!

We are strong. We are creative. We are survivors. And this is what we can do…

*Are you a CSA survivor? Submit your original work here.


Shadows of the Night by Mary Graziano

Notes from Mary about this video: My friend George Robinson put together this song of my work. I met him at his Healing through Creativity festival in West Virginia which I have attended for ...
"VOICES RISEN", a poem by Paula Evans Moysin "So tired of hurting every day and night, Just want to finally finish the vicious fight. I don't have the will to continue any longer, The pull and promise of the grave is stronger. My soul is ripped out, my spirit vile and black. I tried my best to get better, but I never got on track. I know you've tried to help me through this time, But it was a mountain I could not climb. Please do not spend your time grieving me, I'm finally exactly where I've sought to be. This is my cry today, pain please just go away, But because there are so many who want me to stay, I'm going to fight until my breaths last hour, I'll find my voice and use it to give victims power. So many suffer abuse and feel the shame, They're made to walk through this fiery flame. And victims, both male and female, believe it's their fault, But we'll break the wall and over the rubble we'll vault. We'll know we've won the battle, our voices risen, When every perpetrator has to serve life in prison." {background image: prison cells}

Voices Risen by Paula Evans Moysin

© Paula Evans Moysin. Published by permission. About the Author I’m a wife, mother, and grandmother who has lived with the wounds of CSA my whole life. When I began therapy, writing was the ...

Hands Clean by Alanis Morissette

Remember this song? Alanis very clearly states in interviews that it was part of her healing from a relationship with an older man that she was “unprepared to deal with at the time” (She ...

Child Me by Jennene Obremski

Goodbye child me you were so very unlucky treated like a rag doll grow up, stumble and fall I am grown up now, child me finding my own happy lost without your memory you will heal child me you will ...

Living in My Own Shadow by Mary Ann Reuter

Thank you Mary Ann for being brave and sharing your story. We hope through this difficult task of finally allowing yourself to be fully seen, you have found peace and healing; and we know that ...

Cared For Child by Jennene Obremski

It wasn’t just the physical abuse and emotional neglect My innocence was just another thing to collect Sick adults creating sick children Sick individuals harming their own brethren There is ...

Boxer by Vanessa Hicks

© 2018. Vanessa Hicks. Published by permission.   ...
book cover of "What Really Happens Behind Closed Doors" by E Morrell

What really happens behind closed doors

What really happens behind closed doors is based on the life experiences of Author, E Morrell. Morrell published the book to help others know that they are not alone and to encourage survivors to ...

Wherever I Wind Up by R.A. Dickey

Thank you R.A. Dickey for sharing your story. As a public figure, your voice can do much to empower our youth to speak up if they are being abused and also to empower adult survivors to be brave and ...

Restoration by CallmeKey15

Wow! What a powerful testament to what it means to be a child sexual abuse survivor, look your abuse in the face, and choose to know that you are worthy, you are special and you are loved! Enjoy ...

The Monster (EXPLICIT Content) ~ **Trigger Alert**

The drawings below were created by a woman we’ll call Suze, who used art as an adjunct to her therapy process. Suze experienced severe abuse as a child, including child sexual abuse and ritual ...

Silent Screams by OneOutOf6

The world in which I existed left me warped and twisted, broken,and scared, words left unspoken cause it’s hard to cope with the past, alcohol wears off and the dope don’t last. i was ...

Child In Me by Jennene Obremski

I had to touch her heart The child in me Her whole world ripped apart The child in me To find her buried under my tears The child in me To help her face her fears The child in me Now she shines from ...

Puppy by Vanessa Hicks

© 2018. Vanessa Hicks. Published by permission.   ...

The Forgotten Children by Mary Graziano

Notes from Mary: I wrote this poem back in 2014. As a survivor of child abuse, I wanted to reach out to others. My friend George Robinson put together this song of my work. I met him at his Healing ...

Crumbling by Patty Croom

© Patty Croom, Patty Pixx Photography. Published by permission. This photo is from my hometown.  The school I attended for most of my elementary and Jr. High years. It was a safe haven for me. Home ...

Easy to Judge (Explicit) by OneOutOf6

Description from the Author: what I wrote when a guy online said he was glad it happened to me It’s easy to judge and hard to relate, I’m hard to love and so easy to hate, hard to defend ...

Amends to Self by Debbie Loshbough

This piece came about during a 9th step (amends) process in recovery. My sponsor said that before anyone else, I needed to make an amends to myself, noting any way in which I had harmed myself ...

Sunset Canoe by Vanessa Hicks

© 2018. Vanessa Hicks. Published by permission.   ...

Rainbow by Jennene Obremski

I was raped when I was 15 and 4 months later he raped me again causing a miscarriage of my unknown pregnancy by him. This poem is about the loss of my baby and innocence. Send me back my rainbow ...

The Unspoken Truth: A Memoir by Lisa Zarcone

A new book by child sexual abuse survivor, Lisa Zarcone. This is what survivors can do when they heal!   Visit Lisa on Twitter! ...

Overcoming emotions and healing wounds by Vanessa Hicks

 © 2018. Vanessa Hicks. Published by permission. In recent weeks, I’ve discovered how hard it is to overcome emotions and any fears I have. In my drawings, I find I can switch off, but also use my ...

The Shadows in My Heart by Mary Havens

We had the privilege of meeting this author last night on our interview with the NAASCA SCAN blogtalk radio show. Check out her book below. This is what survivors can do!  Thank you, Mary Haven, for ...

A Stray, Wet Cat by Roxie Stricker

Could she have done something? It’s too late now to tell. Too late to go back. She’s gone forward, for sure. More than most. But she still feels it. Fear can’t seem to escape her coursing. ...
boxer dog in ink by Vanessa Hicks

Ink Boxer Dog by Vanessa Hicks

 © 2018. Vanessa Hicks. Published by permission.     ...

I Will Never Be the Same Again by Asha Lightbearer

Every time I sing this song I am reminded of the sweetness of happy, healthy romantic love. In the past, my understanding of love was pretty much synonymous with pain, loss or longing. However, a ...