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Recovery suggests a return to a wholeness that may not have existed, especially if one was abused from a very early age, or may not be able to be achieved again. But healing can and does occur and is often represented by flowers, butterflies, the sun, and flourishing wings. 1057/9781137388483  Challenging Global Gender Violence: The Global Clothesline Project Acknowledging the abuse and violation, trying to make some sense of it, and no longer accepting the blame as one’s own was important for the healing process.

Nancy did find the strength to leave the marriage after seven long years—with her daughter, Randi, who was born a healthy little girl. “She was beautiful. My strength was my daughter. 1057/9781137388483 Black Heart  While many of the hearts depicted emptiness and despair, others represented positive feelings of strength and hope. For example, Cheryl painted an image of a heart created by two hands that joined together “to fan the flame of hope”: I asked my 19 year-old daughter to design it and then I came here today to create it.

So that’s why I want, I want those of us who have been found guilty [of being violated] to stand up strong and firm. I have written it here: “that we should stand up strong and firm to fight against this rape. ” We need to tell these men not to rape. It should be a shame for people to hear that you did an act like that . . your own conscience [should] judge what you have done. It is really, really a shame. That’s all I can say, ‘cause I mean, the rapists that rape children of 3 years, may your conscience always judge you .

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