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The Art of Healing: Creative Expressions by CSA Survivors

The works included in our Survivors’ Art Blog (below) were created by Child Sexual Abuse survivors. We thank them for their courage to speak out, and hope their art will help others know they are not alone. *Are you a CSA survivor? Submit your original work here.

“Creativity and imagination are the sweet spots for healing!”

~ Gita Vaid, MD, Co-Founder of the Center for Natural Intelligence

TRIGGER WARNING: Many of these pieces are about real CSA experiences and aftermath.
Some of the items shared can evoke strong feelings. Please keep this in mind when viewing.


A Woman Like Me by Yvette Dove

About the Creator Yvette Dove 33yrs old, single mother to 5. I may not be perfect but at least I’m not in denial. My Personal Life Of Rhyme https://www.facebook.com/pg/A-Personal-Life-Of-Rhyme-102193358314082/about/...

A Father’s “Love” by Mike Chapman

TRIGGER WARNING: This poem is both graphic and descriptive of the abuse I experienced, but I have avoided vulgar language. First, let me give you some background… When I was 30 (I am in my late-50s now), I uncovered repressed memories of being...

Gravel by Willow Moon

This is a poem I wrote that is about being sexually assaulted as a child and the shame that I felt. It’s a blend of emotions and past traumatic events. About the Creator Willow Moon I’m a survivor of cult abuse, emotional neglect, CSA...

Healing My Life from Incest to Joy by Donna Jenson

About the Book Healing My Life: from Incest to Joy is a deeply personal story that explores the sexual violence Jenson endured at the hands of her father, the refusal of her family to acknowledge her pain, and a rocky escape as a teenager from the...

Untitled by JT

She’s painted on pages from “”The Scarlet Letter” as challenge to the feeling of shame about what happened. JT. All rights reserved. Published by permission...

She Hears by Terri Lanahan

I grew up in a home where there was Domestic Violence and I write this poem...

Untitled by David Carey

My father died when I was 14. Shortly afterward I was seeing my family doctor for anxiety. He sexually abused me, although my recollections didn’t surface for about 30 years. He would hypnotize me to not remember what happened in each session...

Recovering by Chris Kontopidis

Recovering is a short thriller about a young queer protagonist who shifts bodies, discovering loss and healing in the aftermath of long term traumatic events.  The story is parable, in addition to being a literal thriller.  There are...
My Costa Rican Hummingbird Sings by Nancy V Brown - book cover

My Hummingbird Sings by Nancy V Brown

I hear the sweet sound of joy radiating from the shimmer that’s at the tip of my wingsMy hummingbird is a beautiful reflection of the joy that he bringsOn my times of panic, I pressed on the power that lies deep withinAllowing the tests of times and...

Survivor Voices 2020 by Beth Seigling

The above collage was created based on the 2020 Survivor Voices writing series with Donna Jenson of Time to Tell, an organization that helps survivors of incest and sexual abuse to write and share their stories in a healing way...

Virtual Virtue (from “UNPLUGGED: A Survivor’s Story in Scenes & Songs”)

In the song “Virtual Virtue,” Dayna Clay describes her childhood rape — and her determination to survive it. Lyrics: I used to dream that you’d become the dad I never hadSomeone who’d look after me, come through when...

Graffiti on a Girl by Lisa Marie Carter

I tried to give them shelter, I invited them all inside. I sent out the invitations, “Come one, come all”; no pride. I never asked for rent, not once; a drink at most would do. I’d then hand them the keys to the kingdom, to do with...
beautiful embroidered flowers created by a CSA survivor

I’m a museum embroiderer, along w some other work that I do, who has been living from one brain injury to another beginning at age 2

I am a museum embroiderer. The pictures that are shown are a small part of my gallery. How this talent came to me, I do not know. I just go with the flow. Whatever pops in my head comes out with my thread work. I am also still able to do other forms...

It Knows by Naomi

My body knows a pain within,it draws it out upon my skin. Upon my wrists I’m forced to see,how hard the ropes have pulled on me.The red marks on my knee they label,how pressure burns pressed on a table. Redness on my thighs submit,a full-grown...

Breathe by Gloryfied

Dandelion seeds and lavender.. Breathe in.. Breathe out.. You are moving.. You are healing.. You are working through this process we call recovery. Keep breathing. Keep moving…...

Little Hands by Anne D.

Skipping across the street.Little hands wrapped around mommy’s finger.Hurry, don’t be late.Quickly Cross the street. Little Hands clutch Mommy’s leg.Mommy is talking. I can’t see the ladies.The desk is too tall.I am too small...

All of Us by OneOutOf6

This is something I wrote for the members of my support group: This place is beautiful but also sad. We make useful of something oh so bad. We feel disrupted, corrupted, silenced and blamed, subjected to ridicule, violence and shame. We tell our...

Hate is a strong word by Ollie

There is a difference between hate and anger,Hate has a shorter reason,But always has the taste and is always stronger.Anger simmers deeper,It usually is formed by a secret,Isn’t that right? If I hated you,I would have your picture on my walls,I’d...

Be the Light by Gloryfied

SunflowersBe your child’s light, don’t let them grow up in darkness...

Broke but not Beat by OneOutOf6

Wanted to share this with you. . . I have been broken but I haven’t been beatI have spoken and I won’t admit defeat,faced my enemy and I faced my fearno matter what he did to me I’m still herehe took away my youth and he took away my...

Shadows of the Night by Mary Graziano

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 about 4 years. My very close friend, artist Michal Madison allowed us to use her...
"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

About the Creator 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 only way I could express myself. Now it has become a solid part of my therapy, and sharing is part...

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 was 14.) Note the verse lyrics are very standard...

Child Me by Jennene Obremski

Goodbye child meyou were so very unluckytreated like a rag dollgrow up, stumble and fallI am grown up now, child mefinding my own happylost without your memoryyou will heal child meyou will find your inner strengththat love does exist at any...
Living in my Own Shadow book cover

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 sharing your story will inspire and empower others to...

Cared For Child by Jennene Obremski

It wasn’t just the physical abuse and emotional neglectMy innocence was just another thing to collectSick adults creating sick childrenSick individuals harming their own brethrenThere is no justice for a stolen childhoodThere is only pain and...
What Really Happens Behind Closed Doors by E Morrell - book cover

What Really Happens Behind Closed Doors by E Morrell

About the Book 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 talk about their experiences with a...
Wherever I Wind Up by RA Dickey - book cover

Wherever I Wind Up by R.A. Dickey

Thank you, R.A. Dickey, for helping to #UndoTheTaboo and by bringing your message of healing and hope to the world. Every CSA survivor that speaks out and stops hiding makes it easier for others to do the same and begin their own healing process...

The Monster (Explicit) by Suze **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 abuse by a cult. She used a combination of art and...

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 that quiet child with tears in his eye, and fears in...

Child In Me by Jennene Obremski

I had to touch her heartThe child in meHer whole world ripped apartThe child in meTo find her buried under my tearsThe child in meTo help her face her fearsThe child in meNow she shines from withinThe child in meEvery obstacle she will battle and...

The Tale by Jennifer Fox

Thank you Jennifer Fox (and HBO). This is what survivors can do when they heal! This amazing movie is the true story of Jennifer Fox and her path with child sexual abuse, repression and recovery. The Tale offers audiences a compelling presentation...

The Forgotten Children by Mary Graziano

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 through Creativity festival in West Virginia which I have attended...

Crumbling by Patty Croom

© Patty Croom, Patty Pixx Photography 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 has so many meanings and this place was more of a home than where I...

Easy to Judge by OneOutOf6

*Rated: Adult Language 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 easy to be attacked I’m too busy to defending to...

Amends to Self by Debra

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 physically, emotionally, spiritually, etc. The abuse was...

Holy Island by Vanessa Hicks

Vanessa Hicks. All rights reserved. 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 rainbowThat you killed so long agoI’ve wondered about it...

The Unspoken Truth: A Memoir by Lisa Zarcone

About the Book Once upon a time, when I was a little girl, I was tucked warm and safe in my bed with a loving family to protect me. In the blink of an eye it all changed before my pretty baby blues. The grim reality of a mentally ill mother and a...

Overcoming Emotions & Healing Wounds by Vanessa Hicks

Vanessa Hicks. All rights reserved. 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 creative time to figure out what is going...
The Shadows in my Heart by Mary Havens book cover

The Shadows in My Heart by Mary A. Havens

Mary Havens shares her compelling story in, The Shadows in My Heart, where she unmasks the truth and tragic consequences of family secrets and mysteries. This groundbreaking autobiography, her lifelong quest, is about real people who inhabited a...

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 bloodstream. She wants someone to hold her. To protect her...

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 few years ago, I decided I was not going to play that...

Fiona by Asha Lightbearer

Fiona is the story of child sexual abuse survivors everywhere–abused by the people they know and trust, and most often silently carrying the pain and shame of that abuse into their adult lives and relationships. Only when we are willing to face...

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