It’s a place for New Yorkers to gather and share their hidden sins, secrets, and suffering. Submissions are printed on-site at an installation at 401 W 14th Street in the Meatpacking District.
1) No names or personally identifying information (yours or anyone else's)
2) No profanity or hateful language or terms
3) Speak your truth
Note: By submitting your story, you are giving the artist and her partners permission to store, print, display, and read aloud your submission. See full terms.
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A few coping strategies that may help if you are experiencing anxiety triggered by the content on this site:
1) You are a survivor. Remind yourself of the challenges you have faced and how far you have come.
2) Everyone processes and heals at their own pace. Your feelings are valid. Don’t let your struggle overshadow your progress. You are growing.
3) Remind yourself that you are strong. Write down 5 things you appreciate about yourself.
4) If you feel the need to take a break from sharing your story, do so. Take a few minutes to recenter, take a deep breath, stretch, mediate for 5 minutes.
5) Don't feel pressure to share your story if you’re not ready. Journaling to process your emotions before sharing your story might be a great start.
6) Reach out to a friend or loved one that you trust who won’t invalidate your feelings. They will help ground you.
7) Take a moment to practice an act of self-care that makes you happy and relax.
8) Remember that you are safe even if you may feel unsettled.
We made you a playlist to help you recenter and ground yourself:
Daily positive affirmation and free audio books related to healing can be found here:
Write a love letter to your younger self or a survivor in your life using the hashtag #SurvivorLoveLetter.
Survivor Love Letter is a movement for survivors of sexual assault and their allies to publicly celebrate their lives. It was started by filmmaker and activist, Tani Ikeda in 2012 on the anniversary of her rape where she penned a letter to her younger self that ended with the words: “this is my survivor love letter.”
Since then, #SurvivorLoveLetter has rippled out and become a hashtag, a letter writing campaign, a national mural project, and a viral social movement. These letters have immersed thousands of survivors with the message that not only are they believed, not only are they supported, they are loved.
Resources from NYC Community-Based Organizations
- Turning Point for Women and Families: (718)262-8722 or (718)262-8744. https://tpny.org/resources/
- Arab American Family Support Center: Provides services to the Arab immigrant community, including English as a Second Language classes, legal assistance, youth development programs, domestic violence prevention and access to health care. www.aafscny.org
Center for the Women of New York: Offers a variety of trainings, support groups and educational resources.
www.cwny.org., or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (718)793-0672.
- Center for the Integration & Advancement of New Americans (CIANA) provides a range of support and resources for the immigrant and refugee communities in 20 languages. For more information, please call (718)545-4040.
- Sakhi for South Asian Women exists to represent the South Asian diaspora in a survivor-led movement for gender-justice and to honor the collective and inherent power of all survivors of violence. Sakhi is committed to serving survivors through a combination of efforts including—but not limited to—direct services, advocacy and organizing, technical assistance, and community outreach. Call our helpline: (212)868-6741, text (305)697-2544 (1-305-MY-SAKHI), or email email@example.com. Outside of office ours, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800)799-7233. *** IF IN DANGER CALL 911. Website: https://www.sakhi.org
- The Korean American Family Service Center (KAFSC) is a leading, nonprofit organization that supports and empowers adults, youth and children to lead safe and healthy lives based on dignity, compassion and mutual respect. We are committed to preventing and ending domestic violence, sexual assault, and relationship abuse, and creating a violence-free society. Call 718-460-3800 for more information. Website: https://kafsc.org.
- ICNA Relief offers temporary housing to women, family services, free health services and hunger prevention: www.icnarelief.org
- Womankind works with survivors of gender-based violence to rise above trauma and build a path to healing. We bring critical resources and deep cultural competency to help Asian communities find refuge, recovery, and renewal: Website: iamwomankind.org
The Arab American Association of New York offers social, immigration, and legal services:https://www.arabamericanny.org
- Youth Development Program & Services: https://www.arabamericanny.org/youth-development
- Mental Health: https://www.arabamericanny.org/mental-health-services
- Garden of Hope dedicates itself to serving, caring, and rebuilding the lives of people who have been exposed to domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking; specifically targeting its services towards the growing Chinese communities in the NYC region. Contact 877-990-8595 or visit the website: https://gohny.org/
Additional resources and counseling for youth/adults from diverse backgrounds:
NYC Commission on Human Rights Resources
Protections for Domestic Violence Survivors
NYC Mayor’s Office to End Gender-Based Violence resources: