What needs to be said, and who needs to hear it?

Everybody has a story. What we want to know is: what part of your story are you not talking about?

Raise Your Voice

Those of us with predominantly feminine energy are so very used to keeping the peace and thinking about everyone else before ourselves. Too often we are willing to suppress those deep, dark details of our stories to protect our families and even the very people who have wronged us.

We’re afraid that standing in our truth and fully owning up to our experiences will damage the people around us. But at what expense are we damaging ourselves?

Telling our stories is our lifeline—whether it’s with a trusted friend, a 12-step group, or an online forum. It’s how we know the unspeakable things in our lives are really happening.

When you tell your story to another human, they can say “That’s not okay!” or “Here’s how I got through.”

If you voice it, you have to face it. And you know what? You have the power to do it.

We invite you to take the first step by sharing your story anonymously here on WomanSpeak. See what other readers have submitted in Herstories, our community story bank, and consider using these prompts to help get you started:

  1. I tell people that the moment that changed everything was ________, but the real moment that changed everything was _________.
  2. If I could tell one story and be promised immunity from any negative consequences, it would be….
  3. The thing that no one knows about my story is….
  4. I think I’m the only person in the world who has experienced….
  5. I don’t share my full story because….


Any information revealed on www.womanspeak.org about people whose lives have intersected with my own is shared in the spirit of helping myself and others to connect and heal. I recognize that their memories of the events described on this site are different than my own. This site is not intended to hurt anyone. I regret any unintentional harm resulting from the publishing of my stories and others on www.womanspeak.org.
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