The following messages are in support of women who have been the victims of violence.
I have been a victim of violence myself, and I know that the only thing more powerful than the power of a letter or a tweet is the power it gives you to do something about it.
There are a lot of people out there that believe women shouldn’t have to live in fear of violence or rape or harassment.
It’s a shame that we have to put up with this daily.
When I read a message from someone, I don’t always know what to think or if it’s just a coincidence.
But I do know that it is very important to stand up and speak up when we see something.
I’ve heard that there is a lot more to being a survivor than just telling a story.
Sometimes that means sharing our own stories, sharing the trauma and what it feels like.
But sometimes, it means doing something about our own personal safety.
The people that we know, the ones we care about, the people we want to help, are the people that will always make the difference in our lives.
There is no one that can do it alone.
There can only be one, and that’s you.
That’s why you should be standing up for us, and when you stand up for yourself, it’s because you have the courage to do it.
So, what’s the right way to say that you stand with women?
It starts with you, by saying you are with us, that you have our back, that we care, and it means you are strong.
And when you do this, you are standing with us.
I know it’s hard.
I’m a woman, and sometimes it feels scary.
And I know what that feeling is like for you.
But you have to find a way to overcome that.
When we do, we are stronger than the pain we feel.
We are stronger.
And if we stand up together, it will mean that our stories matter more than ever.
Thank you, thank you, for being a part of this.
Have a great Christmas.
The letter below is a gift to the women and girls who are survivors of violence and sexual assault.
I hope that you find it helpful in your journey to heal.
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