On language

The english language is full of euphemisms about the conditions of our lived reality. These euphemisms in and of themselves are a form of violence. To label this society as terroristic to marginalized bodies gets you labeled a radical, not a truth teller. A radical is considered a threat and insane for operating outside of the bounds of polite society.

There is a power in naming the truth of your experience… and as long as we keep naming things in euphemism, there is a part of our reality that nobody else has to confront, and therefore nobody else has to become uncomfortable or confront their own complicity.

I am a survivor of sexual terror. I am a survivor of physical violence, displacement violence, emotional, spiritual and psychic violence. I am a survivor of the terrorism of poverty, the violence of disbelonging, And a million other terrors, small and large.

And still I rise. And this makes me a Holy Terror.

-Joy KMT


About Reclaimingkatie

I have no idea how to begin my story. All I know is that it is far from over. My story isn’t an inspiration and my life is not courageous. I just existed the best I could. It was only recently that I even grew to know my memories are real. I know now that I am not crazy. I did not invent my pain; however, most people who meet me will always believe otherwise. I don’t need anyone else to tell me who I am now. I once heard, "you cannot escape a prison if you can't see the bars".... I now see the social constructions that have shaped my life and will do my best to dismantle them. This is me- deconstructing the contamination of innocence.
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