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We Believe You/It's Not Your Fault: Everyone Has A Story

We Believe You/It's Not Your Fault: Everyone Has A Story

Stuff happens, especially (still) to girls struggling to grow up whole. Acknowledging "how unbelievably painful and confusing it is to navigate the world as a teenage girl" and the unceasing stories of being "victimized, scared, confused, ashamed, alone, defeated, empowered, defiant, triumphant," writer Lindy West has begun “I Believe You | It’s Not Your Fault” - sub-headed "Notes From Your Big Sister" - a sort of Girls' Guide to Rape Culture Tumblr in which women who've "been through some stuff" offer an alternative narrative to girls by telling their own stories in essays and letters. Both devastatingly and inspiringly, West has been flooded with intensely personal stories with telling titles like "Sometimes He Was Good To Me" and "They Just Wanted To Leave A Mark." Talk to us about anything, she urged readers, and they are. "We’re here, and there are so many of us...We’re all throwing ourselves against the same wall, and we have been for generations."