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The Battle Worth Fighting By NM

This poem is written by a service user at Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre who has come a very long way in her personal journey to recover from trauma. She has never written poetry before but felt the need to let others know that she understands the battle they face following sexual violence.

Trust that you possess the power

Know that you are strong

Believe in your own self worth

You have the self respect

To kick them to the turf


Allow your pain to rise

And prepare to let it go

Then you have room within

To let positivity flow


When you feel cornered and trapped

As if there's no way out

Do not admit defeat

As intense and unbearable a feeling it may be

Remember it passes, it's temporary and set yourself free


You are already strong

But feel tired of fighting the battle

It's not a reason to give up

Rather rest and prepare

Like a soldier taking cover

In the midst of flying bullets and explosions

It's only natural to get a scare


It is not a sign of weakness

To duck and cover when things get tough

For all fighters get knocked down

But you have the courage to get back up


When the worst is over

You will be equipped for life

Not to fight but to experience what you desire

For you are the warrior who has ignited that inner fire


Attracting those who seek warmth and strength

You should be incredibly proud

For you believed in yourself to be brave

Enough to go the full length


Many thanks to NM for allowing us to share this with you. We wish you well as you continue on your journey and we'll be here to listen if you need us.


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