We all have stories. They help us make sense of our lives and define who we are in the world. Without stories, our lives are just a collection of facts and events. Stories explain what matters to us, who we are connected to, how we handle it when things don’t go well.
When is a Story More Than a Story?
We tend to think we already know the stories of others who have been through really difficult things - like violence, severe discrimination, or a disaster. Think of the ‘taken for granted’ meaning when talking about someone being ‘homeless’ or ‘a child soldier’ or ‘LGBT.’ There are enough stories out there about what those things mean that it is easy to assume that we know what that person needs.
The reality is that each person has many stories. A person’s story of victimization will be about powerlessness. Not knowing what to do. Being disconnected from others. But still, that same victim has other stories too. Stories about who they are, what they stand for, and who has contributed to their lives.
Survivors’ Truths is on the leading edge of a paradigm shift in how we think about and work with survivors and their advocates. Our approach seeks out these survival stories and puts the people who need help in the position of experts. We use accessible, high-impact technology tools to empower survivors to tell their own stories.
So, What's Your Story?