Eva Gutowski was one of the the bravest people on social media this week.
The 23-year-old social media star bared her soul to the world and bravely discussed her sexual assault.
The video shocked some people into awareness, which is what Eva hoped to do, because it’s hard to imagine someone who seems so happy while she’s literally ruling her own universe could have gone through something so traumatic… and real.
But it is real for so many people. And last week a movement continued that would make Eva proud.
Click inside to see the love letters that went viral and why they mean so much to people in Eva’s shoes…
Last Tuesday, Valentine’s Day, people starting posting love letters to each other using the hashtag #SurvivorLoveLetter as an outpouring of support and celebration for victims of sexual assault.
— We Believe You (@WeBelieveYouBk) February 14, 2017
Activist Tani Ikedas started Survivor Love Letter three years ago on Tumblr. “Valentine’s Day is the anniversary of my sexual assault,” Ikeda told Refinery29. “I woke up three years ago and imagined what it would mean to my younger self to see messages of support and love for survivors on the Internet. That’s when I started Survivor Love Story.”
This is the first year that the hashtag began trending on Twitter, and the letters are incredible and moving:
— Annie E. Clark (@aelizabethclark) February 14, 2017
To all survivors who feel they're not white/straight/cis/chaste/perfect enough for their stories to matter: I see you. #survivorloveletter
— Kamilah Willingham (@kamily) February 14, 2017
— WFU Women's Center (@WFUwomenscenter) April 15, 2016
— GUTS Magazine (@gutsmagazine) March 24, 2016
— #SurvivorLoveLetter (@taniappleseed) February 14, 2017
Here’s one of our own:
We are so sorry for what you have been through. You are so brave and so incredible, and we believe you. We always will.