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December 9, 2019


I am another Flower

You cannot steal my earthly power

My inner light you cannot devour

I am not here to fill your hole

A sweet to become sour

Here I am to Shine

Like the glowing stars in outer space

A sense of equality in our race

Where we come together face to face

Life is a...

December 7, 2019


Love is in your loneliness,

it’s in your despair.

Love calls to say it loves you

but sometimes you don’t hear.

Love is in the people.

Love is in the trees.

Love is in the animals.


is on its knees.

What does it take to see your light?

For, whatever happened, you ar...

December 6, 2019


I didn’t come here to meet you,

but to know you.

For we are not an extinct species.

There are far too many of us,

and those who are waiting

for a redemption that may or may not come.

But innocence must be free.

Peace a friend.

Healing may take days, weeks, months…


Maybe m...

December 4, 2019


29 years I was in a relationship, in fact most of my adult life. It’s taken me 5 ½ years to get back on track. 

I feel so angry that he stole most of my life. That’s how it’s made me feel. It has taken so long for my brain to process what I had gotten into. A comple...

December 3, 2019


We are the glimmer of hope that burns in the night

We are the words that refuse to stay inside

We are the ears that listen intuitively

We are the hearts that beat in harmony 

We are the feet that tread the uneven path

We are the blood that pulsates with our wrath

We ar...

December 2, 2019

Reading Rising Free has helped me to understand how I feel about what happened to me and the things I’ve been dealing with.

Reading Rising Free has made me feel seen and heard from seeing my feelings and thoughts being validated through other people’s stories.

I’m so gra...

Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre’s STAR Project for young survivors has created a self-care resource on trauma and its effects, specifically for 12 – 14 year olds who have experienced sexual violence.

The STAR Project offers free and confidential support to young people, in...

October 28, 2019

The STAR Project were given this beautiful poem from a young person who received support from them and we wanted to share Freya's words and journey.

Dear Eveline and everyone at STAR,

I just wanted to say thank you.

Thank you for listening to me and making me feel heard.


Rising Free is a deeply powerful, moving and inspiring anthology of creative writing and storytelling by survivors of sexual violence who have accessed our support at Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre (ERCC).  Their contributions in Rising Free are intended to share strengt...

41 years ago this week, on 1 July 1978, Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre was founded by a group of women who wanted to create a safe and confidential space for women who had experienced sexual violence. We were the third Rape Crisis Centre to open in the UK, and the second...

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