An Open Letter to Anyone Planning to Watch “50 Shades of Grey” This Weekend {written by a survivor of sexual abuse}

An open letter to anyone planning on watching 50 Shades of Grey this weekend,   To be completely honest, I’m worried for the release of this movie. I am worried for the fact that this movie glamorizes aggressive sexual encounters, submissive women, and depicts pain, domination, and animalistic confrontations as intimate and desirable. There is […]

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you are eyes squeezed tightly {poetry}

Initially, this was a tough piece to share. I’ve sat down in an attempt to write a letter to the people who hurt me when I was little a thousand times. And a thousand times, all I could ever write was “I hate you. I hate you. I hate you.” Less than therapeutic. A few […]

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starting at the ending {poetry}

Starting at the ending. I remember the look in your eyes when I told you Like you were watching a movie for the 100th time and suddenly the ending had been changed Your eyes searched for answers in mine, But they got lost somewhere in between my hollow tears and your helpless heart. Your cries […]

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The Hero of This Story: You. Are. Not. Alone.

I think that everyone we come in contact with is wearing a heavy backpack on his or her back.  This backpack is filled with mistakes, failures, dead-end roads, regrets, secrets, demons and skeletons. We trudge along, day after day, and this backpack becomes part of us. We don’t question it, don’t ask others about what […]

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TYH promise: never stop speaking

My friend Matt, founder of Speak Your Silence, is up for a non-profit foundation award and asked me if I would write a letter backing up my Outspoken Campaign.   As many of you know, I first spoke my silence on November 29, 2012. I don’t think I will ever be able to put into […]

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Speak Your Silence

  Originally written on October 27, 2012 My name is Macaile Hutt and I have been carrying a heavy backpack for 7,273 days.  That is 174,552 hours or 10,473,120 seconds.  No matter how you look at it, I have been carrying this backpack for far too long. I have tried to sugarcoat it, write it […]

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