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Survivors Speak Arts Blog

Following are original creative works that CSA survivors have been gracious enough to share publicly. We thank them for their courage to speak out, and hope that their art will help others heal, as it has helped each of them on their own path to recovery and ongoing into their lives.

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Letter to myself by OneOutOf6

I have been broken but I haven’t been beat I have spoken and I won’t admit defeat, faced my en-emy and I faced my fear no matter what he did to me I’m still here he took away my youth and he took away my choice but I now speak my ...

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 about 4 years. My very close friend, artist Michal ...
"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 only way I could express myself. Now it has become a ...

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 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 ...
book cover of "What Really Happens Behind Closed Doors" by E Morrell

What Really Happens Behind Closed Doors by E Morrell

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 trusted. ...

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 break their silence as well. In his book, “ ...

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 this great faith-based spoken word performance from a ...

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 ...

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  ...

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 Forgotten Children by Mary Graziano

About this video: 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 ...

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 has so many meanings and this place was ...

Easy to Judge (*Explicit*) by OneOutOf6

Description: 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 defending to even attack ...

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

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 ...

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 & Healing Wounds by Vanessa Hicks

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 on inside myself. Sometimes it gets the frustration out, ...

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 your commitment to healing and sharing your story ...

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 ...