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Hardened attitudes and fixed perspectives shift when we hear the stories of others.

Sharing your story can be a powerful part of the recovery process as it helps those who have suffered overcome the voicelessness of victimhood. It also allows those who have harmed others to make reparation and model a process of change.

Life becomes more meaningful when your story is able to help others with their own unresolved pain.

Richard McCann

"Writing my story was like shedding a skin. I confronted the past and talked about taboo subjects such as prostitution and murder. It liberated me."

Gill Hicks

“Through my experience and the sharing of my story, my work has helped create an alternative narrative.”

Assaad Chaftari

"I would venture into the jaws of hell if my story could shift just one person's views and move them away from violence."

Mary Johnson and Oshea Israel

"It’s not easy for us to stand next to each other and share our story but I say to other mothers that talking and sharing your story is the road to healing."

Chen Alon

"Telling my story is not about asking for forgiveness but about taking responsibility."

Anne-Marie Cockburn

"By telling my story and showing my vulnerability, perhaps in some way it may help people deal with their own pain."

Ish Kode Bish Iki/Morris (Doc) Mosey

"I continue to voice and write letters within my community and to government agencies about the abuses that exist on my reservation."

Shannon Moroney

"I began to look for opportunities to share my story through speaking and creating visual art, and this helped me to overcome the voicelessness I felt as a victim."

Tom Mauser

"I am not a natural leader but speaking out helps me because it carries on Daniel’s life."

Hanneke Coates

"I now share my story in schools, churches and secular groups. Almost always someone will share with me afterwards how my talk has changed something for them."

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