Silent No More
Sharing the truth and raising awareness of military sexual trauma (MST)
We are not alone!
The Yellow Rose program is a treatment program in San Antonio, Texas, for women veterans who have experienced military sexual trauma (MST). But MST can happen to any military member – active, reserve, veteran; male or female; from the first rank in enlisted to the top officers of service.
#YellowRoseProject stems from the need share the truth about MST and to spread awareness of what sexual harassment and assault means to both women and men in the service. The invalidation, the cover-up, the discouraging and disparaging remarks, and so much more.
I will help any military veteran write their truth about their experiences with MST. I will collect these truths, get the collection professionally edited, and publish the collection. There will be ZERO charge to anyone submitting, and the collection will be made available for FREE. The #YellowRoseProject is purely to raise awareness and show that those of us who have stood silent for too long will be silent no more.
Submissions can be made using the Share Your Story button above. Whether you choose to include your name or not, please do add an email address so that I can work with you to ensure your story reflects your truth with absolute accuracy.
You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my safety, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today.
How It Works
Raw submissions are seen and tracked solely by me. The initial submissions don’t need to be perfectly written – that’s what I’m here to help with. After submission, I will work with you to write out what happened. This can be in any form you choose – looking back, journal entry, poetry, whatever it is that helps you get the words out.
As each portion is polished, I will send it back to you for approval before including it. When the collection is as finished as I can make it, I will send it to an editor, who will see it in the form it will take when it’s published. That means that anyone who chose to remain anonymous will stay that way even to the editor. If the editor recommends any changes to your portion, I will reach out again to you for approval before including it in the final version.
When all of that is done and I have the cover made, I will publish the collection on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and make it available for free. Doing it this way ensures I maintain control over the collection which means YOU retain control over your truth.
At ANY POINT during this process, even after it’s published, you can withdraw your submission. That means I will return any versions I have of your portion to you and delete all copies from my files, including altering the published version to remove your part.
I know what it’s like to have the choice ripped away. I know you do too or you wouldn’t be reading this. That’s why every step is to ensure you know that you have control over what happens with your truth. I’m not doing this for publicity or profit. I’m doing this because the world needs to know that PFC Vanessa Guillen, Airman Harmony Allen, 1LT Erin Scanlon, LCPL CastroMata, and the literal THOUSANDS of others like us who have suffered Military Sexual Trauma are not “isolated incidents.” We deserve to be heard. We will be heard.
This is one of my truths. So you know that you’re not alone and that I’m coming from a place of solidarity.
What If It Never Happened?
Resources and support
Make the Connection
Catch a Serial Offender (CATCH) Program
Women Veterans Are Silent No More (Facebook Group)