WHO CREATED THE “I AM NOT A VICTIM” CAMPAIGN?
The “I am not a victim” campaign was created by Author Poppii King in honor of her newly published novel “Look What You Made Me Do” In this novel the main character (Ameena Washington) is sexually abused as a child from the young age of 7 to 9 years old. This piece of the story, taken straight from the Authors life herself, has led her to use her newly found platform to not only bring awareness to this issue, but to also help mentally strengthen other women /men who have had to endure such events, so that they may begin the process of healing to overcome what can eventually, and in many cases lead to a life filled with mental and emotional anguish.
“Being strong is not always about how much you can handle before you break, it’s also about how you handle yourself after you’ve been broken.” – Poppii King
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU OFFER FOR ONE TO OVERCOME ABUSE THROUGH THIS CAMPAIGN?
I believe in order to heal and overcome, it is first very important that we change the way we see ourselves or our situations after we’ve been abused. Changing our way of thinking is the most effective way to change our lives. I needed young women and/or young men to understand that we must first remember that everything in life is an experience. Whether we have good experiences or horrible experiences.. it is just that.. an experience, and the only thing that can keep an experiences alive in our heads.. is us. Yes, it is in our memories and after being traumatized it is common for these memories to haunt us, some of us may have physical scars that continue to remind us, but we ARE able to choose the emotions that we connect with these memories, therefore taking the power away from our abuser and allowing these memories to strengthen us oppose to weakening us.
“Whenever you think about it, attach your strength to that memory.. let that memory be a reminder of how strong you are, and how strong you will continue to be for your fight to live happy.” – Poppii King
We must use this power to overcome and beat what can eventually lead us into a life of mental suffering, and this is how we can start… We must discontinue the life of living as a victim, this is one of the greatest things that has helped me overcome a life of being sexually abused as a young girl, then moved to another foster home where I would be physically, emotionally and mentally abused until a teen. My whole child hood from the age of 7 years old, which is as far as I can remember, until the age of 17 years old, when I had finally run away from my then foster home for good, I’ve dealt with some form of abuse. I was depressed a lot as a pre-teen and had even attempted suicide a few times, but then I decided that because I was still breathing that I was strong, and that I was going to be strong.. with that CHOICE.. I BECAME strong .. I NEVER thought of myself as a victim however; I was able to create my strength through one of my weakest moments, and it’s important for me to show others that they can do the same.
Instead of allowing those memories, that abuser, those moments or that moment to weaken you or affect you negatively .. We MUST use them as our strength instead.. you see inside of us there is this thing that wants to tear us apart.. it exist.. and some people call it an ego.. some call it a beast, whatever it is, I know that u can either feed it.. or u can starve it.. like everything else in life… YOU and YOUR focus is what gives it, its power… so every time those memories, or that feeling comes up in your head.. I need you to laugh.. not because it’s funny.. because it’s anything BUT that.. but I need you to laugh and let those memories know that they can no longer live within you anymore, they are renting space in your head and paying you with the abuse of suffering.. use those thoughts as your motivation.. thoughts are very, very powerful.. it’s what creates our reality.. take the power away from that person that abused you.. take the power away from those memories within that continues to throw those thoughts at you to affect u negatively .. it wants to bring u down.. it knows that as long as u carry those thoughts .. you keep it alive… kill it.. starve it.. use it to YOUR advantage until it can no longer negatively affect you.. You DO NOT have to live in that moment. We feed what we give our energy and focus to.. don’t feed that moment, your fears or even how you felt in that moment, focus and feed how you’re going to win this battle, focus and feed your strengths.. even if you have to build it from nothing like I did.
Whenever you think about it, attach your strength to that memory…let that memory be a reminder of how strong you are that you survived such a thing, and how strong you will continue to be for your fight to live a happy life.. think “You did that to me then, but guess what?.. You will NEVER have that power AGAIN.. WATCH ME BEAT YOU.. WATCH ME BEAT THIS”
YES we may have been victims in that moment.. we were helpless or alone in THAT moment.. but NOT in THIS moment.. you are NO LONGER a victim.. and you DO NOT have to live victimized. I can guarantee you that some days will be harder than others, but you can do it.. it is YOUR choice.. You have more control than you may believe. Never doubt your strength.. I’m going to take a very important and direct quote from my book “Look What You Made Me Do” and the quote is “Being strong is not always about how much you can handle before you break, it’s also about how you handle yourself after you’ve been broken.” I may have been victimized.. but I will NOT live in that moment.. I AM NOT A VICTIM… And NEITHER ARE YOU!
WHAT CAN OTHERS DO TO JOIN THIS MOVEMENT OR SPREAD THE MESSAGE?
We ask that you hash tag and/or post a picture or image using the hash tag #IAmNotAVictim on all or any social media platforms of your choice, and re-share the link found below so that this message can reach others who we may not be able to reach without your assistance.
I have partnered with RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) Which is the Nations largest anti-sexual violence organization, for my “I AM NOT A VICTIM” Campaign in which you can donate and read more about at
With your help, however big or small, we can truly make an impact. Just $10 will help one survivor to take the first step toward reclaiming his or her life. All donations go straight to the RAINN organization.
A MESSAGE FROM MY HEART:
TO EVERY LITLE GIRL THAT MAY BE IN A FOSTER HOME, FEELING ABANDONED, THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN SEXUALLY ABUSED AND FEEL AS THOUGH THEY’VE BEEN FORGOTTEN ABOUT, THOSE BEING MENTALLY ABUSED, PHYSICALLY ABUSED, EMOTIONALLY ABUSED, THOSE WHO FIND IT HARD TO SEE THEIR BEAUTY BECAUSE THEY’RE BEING TOLD THAT THEY HAVE NONE, THOSE ASHAMED OF THEIR DARK SKIN BECAUSE THEY’RE TOLD THAT IT’S UGLY, THOSE FEELING AS THOUGH LIFE IS NO LONGER WORTH LIVING, LIKE THEY HAVE NOONE IN LIFE, THOSE FEELING AS THOUGH NOONE LOVES THEM, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I POPPII KING LOVE YOU AND I STAND WITH YOU BECAUSE I ONCE WAS YOU… LIFE IS WORTH LIVING, PLEASE DON’T ALLOW ANYONE TO STRIP YOU OF YOUR HUMAN EXPERIENCE, I AM HERE TO TELL YOU THAT IT DOES GET BETTER, IT CAN.. AND PERHAPS WE ARE THE STRONGEST… PUT THROUGH CERTAIN THINGS SO THAT WE CAN EFFECTIVILY HELP OTHERS THROUGH THEIR SAME STRUGGLES.
FOR FURTHER ASSISTANCE PLEASE FEEL FREE TO JOIN OUR “I AM NOT A VICTIM.. NEW LIFE” EXERCISES THAT WE WILL BEGIN POSTING IN THE FOLLOWING WEEKS. NEVER GIVE UP ON YOURSELF!