We deserve to have a voice.

We have the right to speak up, to talk about our trauma and express our needs. We deserve to expect our loved ones to listen without shutting us down or shaming us into silence.

We deserve to be believed.

We are the only authorities on our trauma. We deserve the benefit of the doubt when we tell our stories. No one has a right to deny, minimize, or ignore our truths.

We deserve respect.

Our feelings matter and we deserve respect. No one has a right to pressure us into situations that make us uncomfortable or that may trigger past trauma.

We deserve to be free from backlash.

We have the right to make our emotional needs a priority. We should not be subject to backlash from loved ones simply because we tell the truth or fail to participate in a group mentality that goes against our needs or values.