Sunday, June 18, 2017

Today, on Father's Day, Teen Vogue published my piece What Every Incest Survivor Needs to Know. 

Ron Swanson
Live footage of me moving towards my phone this AM

There's so much I want to say about this experience, and I will, in time, talk more about what it took to get this piece published. But for now, I just want to celebrate that we got the single most important publication speaking to young people today to publish a piece written by a survivor about healing from incest. The goal has always been to break the silence and taboo around incest, and today was an enormous step towards a world where we can talk openly and freely about this very common experience.

What Every Incest Survivor Needs to Know

Teen Vogue

I did not do this alone. I am very grateful to all who gave me emotional, technical and intellectual support these past few weeks. You know who you are.

I wrote the piece I needed to read for myself all the many Father's Days that I suffered. Today, I know that if a younger Alisa had access to this article she would have felt seen, heard and supported. Today, I take back Father's Day. I give a gift to myself, and hopefully, along the way, a gift to others too.