Surviving Our Secrets is a photographic journey of women and girls who have experienced sexual violence and harassment. As a photographer, I have always been interested in how a portrait of someone can tell their emotional story. As a survivor of incest myself, I wanted to offer other survivors an opportunity to speak through their photographs. These raw portraits were taken by me as they shared
"In this brilliant book, Sandy Sameshima uses moving and inspiring photographs to voice unspoken stories of sexual violence. This book sends powerful messages: Survivors will no longer be silent. Survivors are powerful. Survivors are not afraid. Survivors are not alone."
— Sheela Raja, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist,
author of The Sexual Trauma Workbook for Teen Girls
"As a survivor, clinician, advocate, speaker, media expert, and author on sexual trauma I was honored to be asked to participate in this powerful project. Sandy’s mission to help women heal through feeling less alone through the art of photography will inspire and motivate people to feel less alone and more connected. I’ve never seen anything like the Surviving Our Secrets book and I'm grateful to be a part of it."
— Kelley Kitley, Amazon bestselling author of
MY self: An Autobiography of Survival
“This book features amazing photos that captured real feelings and emotions of women who’ve been subjected to sexual assault and violence. It delicately takes you down the path of the pain and overcoming of these experiences. Page by page you will encounter women who have risen above these traumatic events and silenced the shame. It’s thought provoking. Inspiring. Revealing. A must have for anyone suffering, past or present with or from this awful crime.
This book truly set me on a healthy path of healing and closure. One I have longed for and needed for many years.”
“Surviving our Secrets is a powerful expression of what far too many people have experienced in life and are still dealing with. As a husband, father, and educator, it is a sharp reminder of the pains felt by those even in my little bubble. While Sameshima created this work for survivors, I have found it having a profound impact on my life and my household. For me, Surviving Our Secrets is a tangible and visible presence in our house so that our family can remember, discuss, and take action to move the #metoo movement forward and support survivors. Regardless of your connection, I would encourage you to do the same.”
A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the ‘me too’ movement.