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FAROL (lighthouse)

May 14, 2019

Someone once said, “The scars you share become lighthouses for other people who are headed to the same rocks you hit”. I have scars. My daughters have scars. I’m guessing you may have scars too.

Farol is a place, a lighthouse to be exact; a place where we can be free to stand naked in our existence—to shine a light on the pain we carry; a place where our stories can be shared, so others, feeling broken and without hope can find their way. 

Being the victim of sexual assault is a lot like being lost at sea in stormy weather. The darkness surrounds us. Isolation becomes our only safety—and yet we crave the comfort only our community can provide. But so often, these communities crumble under the weight of words like sexual assault and rape. We feel ostracized, like suddenly we have done something wrong, when in fact our families, our daughters, have made the ultimate sacrifice, in hopes of protecting others.

I am Ida, and I see you.

My name is Ida Lewis, it’s not really, but like many families fighting against the systems who oppress victims, my family’s safety requires anonymity. Ida Lewis was a noted American lighthouse keeper, renown for her heroism in rescuing people from the sea. While I cannot rescue you from the storms you are facing, I’m hopeful that shining some light on the rocky shoreline will aid you in your journey.

Welcome to Farol- Ida Lewis

 

 

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