Cindy is a woman.
Cindy is a poet.
Cindy is a mom.
She is also a survivor. Cindy AnaCaona Peralta is all of those things. Her truth may step on some toes but it’s hers to have. It is hers to speak on. It is hers to share. We all have truths that get pushed beneath our day to day lives. Self-love has brought her to today. Sometimes we can’t find the words to speak our truths. Sometimes the Band-Aid gets ripped off and they spill out in front of everyone. Sometimes it is a prerequisite to our healing. To our forgiving. To our moving on. And to be honest sometimes we are just healing and want to scream to the world…THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED TO ME!
This scream started with a Facebook post.
- 44% of victims are under age 18
- 80% are under age 30Sexual Assault Numbers
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- Every 107 seconds, another sexual assault occurs
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- Approximately 4/5 of assaults are committed by someone known to the victim
- 47% of rapists are a friend or acquaintance
While Peralta received a lot of support and positive feedback, she also received her fair share of negative feedback. In a follow-up post she shares one opinion from someone who shared her post:
“Real Grown Folks shared your post.
January 6 at 12:08pm ·
She’s stupid. She lost me with this “tell me how was the system built to protect the black woman” well she dropped the ball on the system process by yes NOT reporting, so technically the system can’t rule based on something that technically didn’t happen if she didn’t report it. His ass would have life if she really wanted the system to protect her. She’s an idiot. Don’t try to play the race card to bring attention to your situation.”
I remember my interview with Tamika Sims where I mentioned the Twitter hashtag #whyIstayed and asked the same of her to which she replied:
“While many women can relate to “Why I Stayed” that’s not the right question. The right question is why he is abusive…” (partial excerpt)
Cindy’s truth struck a cord with many. There are many who don’t tell initially. There are many who NEVER tell. There are also many who don’t survive.
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