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beautiful scars is an online platform for Black women who are also survivors of childhood sexual abuse and/or male sexual violence.


“don’t you mean ‘survivor?’”

no, Sis. once I dove deeply into my healing journey, the term “survivor” stopped resonating with me…that word made it seem like I was just meandering though life, when, in actuality, God had blessed me with abundance: I could run, never missed a meal, had lots of friends and loved ones (and two masters’ degrees!). I was popping! and then it came to me—I wasn’t just surviving…I was THRIVING!

Surthrivor: one who has flourished despite facing life’s harsh extenuating circumstances.