“No one gets to judge how you managed to survive, friends. No one. No one gets to shame you for whatever you did to get yourself to the place where you can live through feeling the pain. Not even you.
You survived, honey. Not everyone does, you know.
You miraculous girl. You miraculous boy. You clever, resilient child, you.
You can stop hurting yourself. You can shed your armor, and still be safe. You can be seen, and still be safe. You are so much stronger than you give yourself credit for. You are being held hostage. Meet the demands. Feel the pain. It will take some courage, but we already know how brave you are. You are so, so brave.
You are strong enough to walk through the pain, and into the sunlight- I promise you. Freedom is just around the bend. See you there, sweet friend.”