About the Author

     My name is Shalight Saja. I am a fighter, and I chose to be defined as such. I am an eighteen-year-old survivor of years of physical, emotional, and sexual assault by a familial same-sex perpetrator. Yet I have been blessed by a Father who loves me, friends who support me, and pens lying atop blank paper.
     I began writing as an outlet for venting at age twelve. As my understanding of what was happening deepened, so did my love for poetry. Venting became vocalizing, and writing became my tool to explain to myself and others what I have experienced.
     I published my debut book, Purple Eyes: a biography in poetry, in April 2013 with Rivershore Books. The publication process was one that gave me a lot of healing, and my publisher became an important part of my support system. Purple Eyes is a collection of journal entries from the years I spent with my instigator. I decided to publish these poems because I know that there are people all over the world who experience trauma and abuse every day. I hope this book reminds them that they are not alone. That is the message of Purple Eyes, and it is a message I would like to personally share with every fighter.
     While I have started the healing process, I know that I am a work in progress, and I know that healing from trauma can take a long time. Bad days happen. Just because you are away from a situation does not mean you are out of it. So, I am continuing my healing process through counseling, prayer, and working with others in similar situations. My personal blog focuses on the struggles that result for fighters even after the enormous battle of leaving an instigator.
     Even though there are plenty of struggles, I am blessed with a future full of hope. Thanks to the support system that convinced me to leave my instigator, I am currently a student studying everything that interests me, including our legal system, anthropology, and gender studies. I plan to graduate, volunteer for a few years abroad, and come back to the United States to work with fighters here, while continuing to write. I cannot wait to see what the future holds.

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