i need help with a rape tattoo.....

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    arianna89 said on January 29, 2009

    I am a survivor of rape and molestation and i want to get a tattoo that i did survive and i am no longer a VICTIM but a SURVIVOR. It has had a big impact in my life and im not completely over it, but im not defeated.
    Ive been tryin to find a symbol or something but I havent been able to find anything. My idea right now is to get a lotus with a teal ribbon hidden in a petal. The teal ribbon is the rape ribbon btw. But any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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    arianna89 said on January 30, 2009

    spore, its not really a reminder of being raped and molested. i already have my brain as a reminder, its more of a gold medal. ive overcame it. i wasnt defeated. i SURVIVED. but thank you!! i dont really want a phoenix, its not my type of tattoo. i want it to be real feminine.

    I also thought about getting words on my spine, like hope, courage, strength, determination and so on and so forth.

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    lumpy said on January 30, 2009

    check out some cherry blossoms they represent new beginings not to mention there really cool.

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    arianna89 said on January 31, 2009

    well im already going to get a cherry blossom tree on my arm to start my half sleeve. haha. i love them

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    mj0420 said on February 4, 2009

    your idea for the lotus is a perfect way to symbolize you getting through the shit in life and coming out a beautiful flower! putting a teal banner with the word strength or some word that describes you is another thought.(flowing around the lotus) i have a lotus for similar reasons. life is all about getting through the bad shit and coming out stronger. hope to see your decision soon!

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    xo10martydom21xo said on February 4, 2009

    what about getting a flower that looks sick ie. small and dark then get a beautiful teal flower growing out of the same stem that would over power the smaller one.

    so its symbolizing how you have overcome your rape and has made you into who you are..

    just a brain storm sorry if it sucks lol

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    arianna89 said on February 4, 2009

    those are both good ideas!! gah its so hard to choose.

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    openthebox said on April 14, 2009

    Here is a site with a tattoo meant for this exact purpose. I know the girl who designed it and created the site, as well as a few people who have gotten it. While it is rather simple, I think it's a great idea. The black hand print is for survivors, while the orange one is for protectors. There are some examples in her pictures.

    And as weird as this may sound coming from a stranger, I'm proud of you.

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    arianna89 said on April 15, 2009

    it doesnt sound weird at all. i appreciate it.

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    arianna89 said on April 15, 2009

    i have actually!!! ill be getting it tomorrow and im really excited. i chose the one from the website openthebox suggested.

    its a handprint. but i will be getting the survivor one which is black and the protector which is orange. i went there and only read the story behind it and started balling my eyes out. i looked at the pictures of it and i decided this was it.

    once i started crying i knew it hit home and it had the most impact on me so it was absolutely perfect. go read the website. its amazing. this person is changing the world one survivor at a time.

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