Rules & Guidelines
In featuring individuals in The Survivor Archives, the focus is kept on healing rather than just on the experienced abuse or trauma, for healing is what helps and inspires readers. With this said, anyone featured within The Survivor Archives will be featured with their healing in mind. What helps a person to heal? What doesn't? What advice would you give for anyone in the process of healing? In this way, The Survivor Archives will not be a collection of stories of abuse and trauma - but of healing, strength, and hope. Below are the rules and guidelines for submitting archives.
Note: For liability reasons each featured survivor must be 18 years or older.
Part I Brief Biography of Survivor
Each Archive begins with a brief biography of the chosen survivor. Their age, hobbies, interests, and goals are examples of what may be included. It is important to note that the right of a featured individual to remain anonymous is always respected. Any information shared with me that is not intended to be shared with the public will be kept permanently confidential.
Part II Q & A
Each featured survivor must answer a short series of 9 questions relating to their healing. Their answers will then be included within their archive. The questions are meant to give each featured survivor a chance to reflect on their healing. This also helps readers gain insight into each survivor's wisdom.
Part III Art & Poetry
Self expression is a very important aspect of any survivor's healing. Abuse and trauma often stunts all expression of feelings for victims. So it is asked that some form of self expression be included within each individual archive. This could include poetry, a story, a monologue, a drawing, painting, a collage, etc. -- just so long as it has to do with healing. It is hoped that this will give each survivor a chance to display their individuality within their archive. It helps us to remember that just as no human being is exactly the same, no healing process is exactly the same. Each of us are unique.
Part VI Letters
Each Archive is closed with a personal, therapeutic letter written by each survivor. There are many options for each featured individual in writing their letter. If a therapeutic letter has already been written through out a survivor's healing process it may be used, or if they'd like to write a letter not listed in the ideas already provided, then it also will of coarse be accepted.
Examples of ideas for letters are ones written to abusers, to themselves as a child, to a child being abused, etc. This will allow each survivor to confront past perpetrators, offer themselves the love they deserve, and to make peace within themselves. At the same time, each letter will potentially also spread the spirit of healing to anyone who reads them.
It is the featured individuals whom are the real creators of each Archive. They are each provided with an outline and then their final master piece is posted for the public. So I will make every effort to ensure that each Archive is presented in however way it's creator intends.