The Voices Of & For Parenting Surivors

Survivor Songs


Dawn and I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who has joined this little community. And what better way than to say it with music? So we have made a little mixtape list to show our love for all of you here at Trigger Points. Thank you for sharing your stories with us, for liking our posts, for sharing our posts with your friends. We are making a difference here, and we are so excited for all that will come in 2015!

The Trigger Points Official #SurvivorSongs playlist:

Suddenly I See – KT Tunstall

Shake It Out – Florence and the Machine

Brave – Sara Barielles

Brand New Kind of Me – Alicia Keys

Superwoman – Alicia Keys

Warrior – Demi Lovato

Fly – Niki Minaj

Buildings and Bridges – Ani Difranco

Out of Habit (live version) – Ani Difranco

I’m No Herione – Ani Difranco

Break the Cycle – You and Me

Secrets – Mary Lambert

Sum of Our Parts – Mary Lambert

Be OK – Ingrid Michaelson

Read All About It – Emeli Sande

Merry Christmas All! See you in the new year.

Love from Joyelle and Dawn

The Voices Of & For Parenting Surivors

About Trigger Points Anthology

We are collecting personal essays for an anthology called “Trigger Points: Abuse survivors experiences of parenting”.

Our goal is to create awareness for survivors of childhood sexual and physical abuse, who are now parents. It’s true what they say, becoming a parent changes everything. How one continues his/her process of healing after having a child is part of that.

We are both survivors and parents. We have struggled with the effects of the abuse on how we parent, and with either a lack of desire to hear about it, or a lack of understanding from our communities. If our culture never allows us to be honest about what happened to us, and the effects it has had on us, how are we expected to break the cycle?


The anthology will focus on what it has been like for you as a parent, a physical and/or sexual abuse survivor, to raise a child. Tell us about what triggers arose when you became a parent and how you are coping. We want to know if your recovery was improved, interrupted or halted by starting your family. Have you ever talked about this before, if so, what was the response like? Is the idea of your children’s safety always on your mind? Yeah, ours too. Tell us about that too.

The details are as followed:
**Email your personal essay of no more than 1,500 words to
Please include a short bio and feel free to include any social media links. You may remain anonymous, if you choose to do so.

**Essay must not have appeared in a published collection before. If published on your own blog, that’s fine.

**Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2015. We will notify writers whose essay has been accepted by March 31, 2015. Writers will receive a $20 contribution payment via pay pal by April 14, 2015.

**We will only ask for non-exclusive rights to your work. You will be free to do as you please with it, once it is published.