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The Praying Photo Project (Dear Kesha...)

We hear you and we want you to know you are not alone...

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I can’t think of a time I felt more alone than I did after I was sexually assaulted. For a long time, it didn’t matter if it was a crowded party or an empty room-I was isolated. It is hard to talk about sexual assault. Some people think its taboo or too sad to talk about; others may be seeing the issue through a filtered lens because of our rape culture and societal myths. I can tell you though if you haven’t been there, it is disempowering, it's demoralizing, it feels hopeless. But Kesha you have given us hope! Survivors everywhere are coming together around YOUR ANTHEM: “For me I have never moved on, I have simply moved forward. When I listened to this song for the first time I started crying. I knew that someone else got it. Sometimes, you need to figure out what is best for you and forget what everyone else says to you. Even though you hate that person more than anything, they still stole a piece of you and you have a bond for the rest of your life. So I wish them the best and I hope that they have learned to become something better because now they have a piece of me” –Danielle B. “It’s often difficult for me to see the men who raped me as people, humans with souls potentially capable of change. For now, it still hurts too much because I'm moving through anger. This song is pushing me to consider the space beyond anger” –Emily C.“Kesha's new song "Praying" has helped me to understand that healing is powerful. We can forgive those who have hurt us, without forgiving their actions. Despite our anger at the pain they have caused, we can hope our assailants will change their ways. And during this process, we can find strength and power in ourselves and our journeys. We can move forward and inspire others to do the same”- Anonymous That being said-every time I hear that song I think about you, Kesha. What an amazing accomplishment to bring people together in this way, but what about you? I know how fulfilling it can but as we both know it can be bumpy road. So we put this together for you-to remind you of the power of your music. To let you know we hear you and you are not alone. That we identify with your music and your story, that I may have a different name, a different face, a different story-but I got you, I get it and it is not the end…as you say in your video it is “just the beginning”. Here are some pictures to prove it:

I can’t think of a time I felt more alone than I did after I was sexually assaulted. For a long time, it didn’t matter if it was a crowded party or an empty room-I was isolated. It is hard to talk about sexual assault. Some people think its taboo or too sad to talk about; others may be seeing the issue through a filtered lens because of our rape culture and societal myths. I can tell you though if you haven’t been there, it is disempowering, it's demoralizing, it feels hopeless.

But Kesha you have given us hope! Survivors everywhere are coming together around YOUR ANTHEM:

“For me I have never moved on, I have simply moved forward. When I listened to this song for the first time I started crying. I knew that someone else got it. Sometimes, you need to figure out what is best for you and forget what everyone else says to you. Even though you hate that person more than anything, they still stole a piece of you and you have a bond for the rest of your life. So I wish them the best and I hope that they have learned to become something better because now they have a piece of me” –Danielle B.

“It’s often difficult for me to see the men who raped me as people, humans with souls potentially capable of change. For now, it still hurts too much because I'm moving through anger. This song is pushing me to consider the space beyond anger” –Emily C.

“Kesha's new song "Praying" has helped me to understand that healing is powerful. We can forgive those who have hurt us, without forgiving their actions. Despite our anger at the pain they have caused, we can hope our assailants will change their ways. And during this process, we can find strength and power in ourselves and our journeys. We can move forward and inspire others to do the same”- Anonymous

That being said-every time I hear that song I think about you, Kesha. What an amazing accomplishment to bring people together in this way, but what about you? I know how fulfilling it can but as we both know it can be bumpy road. So we put this together for you-to remind you of the power of your music. To let you know we hear you and you are not alone. That we identify with your music and your story, that I may have a different name, a different face, a different story-but I got you, I get it and it is not the end…as you say in your video it is “just the beginning”.

Here are some pictures to prove it:

Well, you almost had me fooled. Told me, that I was nothing without you

Well, you almost had me fooled.

Told me, that I was nothing without you

Oh, but after everything you’ve done I can thank you for how strong I have become

Oh, but after everything you’ve done

I can thank you for how strong I have become

‘Cause you brought the flames and you put me through hell I had to learn how to fight for myself

‘Cause you brought the flames and you put me through hell

I had to learn how to fight for myself

And we both know all the truth I could tellI’ll just say this is I wish you are farewell

And we both know all the truth I could tell

I’ll just say this is I wish you are farewell

I hope you’re somewhere prayin’, prayin’

I hope you’re somewhere prayin’, prayin’

I hope your soul is changin’, changin’

I hope your soul is changin’, changin’

I hope you find your peace

I hope you find your peace

Fallin' on your knees

Fallin' on your knees

Prayin'..

Prayin'..

I’m proud of who I am No more monsters, I can breathe again

I’m proud of who I am

No more monsters, I can breathe again

And you said that I was doneWell, you were wrong and now the best is yet to come

And you said that I was done

Well, you were wrong and now the best is yet to come

‘Cause I can make it on my ownAnd I don’t need you, I found a strength I’ve never known

‘Cause I can make it on my own

And I don’t need you, I found a strength I’ve never known

I’ll bring thunder, I’ll bring rain, oh-oh When I’m finished, they won’t even know your name

I’ll bring thunder, I’ll bring rain, oh-oh

When I’m finished, they won’t even know your name

Oh, sometimes, I pray for you at nightSomeday, maybe you'll see the lightOh, some say, in life, you're gonna get what you giveBut some things only God can forgive

Oh, sometimes, I pray for you at night

Someday, maybe you'll see the light

Oh, some say, in life, you're gonna get what you give

But some things only God can forgive

I hope you’re somewhere prayin’, prayin’ I hope your soul is changin’, changin’

I hope you’re somewhere prayin’, prayin’

I hope your soul is changin’, changin’

I hope you find your peace Falling on your knees, prayin

I hope you find your peace

Falling on your knees, prayin

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