- Sexual assault,
- Poetry collection,
- Free verse poetry,
The Hope and the Healing
a powerful collection of poetry by survivors of sexual violence
The Hope and the Healing is a collection of poetry, from both named and anonymous authors, written by people who have experienced sexual violence and assault firsthand. These raw and true uncensored retellings are separated into two sections: Healing, which focuses on the trauma and pain of their experiences; and Hoping, which focuses on recovery and hope. The final section of the book is a resource and support bank for sexual violence survivors in Manitoba and across Canada. This poetry collection offers a reminder to survivors that they are not alone in anything they’ve felt or the trauma they've endured. There are others who have been through this painful healing process and are waiting for them with open arms. All profits from the sales of The Hope and the Healing are donated to non-profit organizations focused on sexual violence prevention and the support of survivors.
"...the collection of poems gutted me, educated me, and inspired me." — Anne Mahon, Chancellor of University of Manitoba
Savannah Szocs is a university student and survivor of sexual violence and assault. She works in the areas of sexual violence advocacy and prevention, especially in her role as Vice President Student Life with the University of Manitoba Students' Union. She also volunteers with Respect Educate Empower Survivors through their Youth Advisor Board, and sits on the Sexual Violence Steering Committee and the Sexual Assault Policy Advisory Committee at the University of Manitoba. After facing firsthand the lack of resources and supports after her own assault, Szocs often felt there was no brightness along the road of recovery. But then she found a community of survivors and was welcomed into their embrace. Immediately, she felt comfort and healing for the first time on her difficult journey. She compiled this book in the hopes it could provide that same sense of community to others. Szocs previously won a Prescott writing award and is currently living in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
- Savannah Szocs