Hi, I wanted to share with you guys some songs I’ve written about my experiences with sexual assault. For me it can be comforting to find music that I identify with. I’ve noticed there isn’t a ton of music about trauma and the after math of it all, so my hopes with this channel is to create a safe place for people to know they are not alone and can find comfort. 

The first song I want to share a link to is an encouragement to everyone who’s ever been called a liar when they’ve come out about the abuse. 

They say “You’ve made it all up and that you need to be quiet. Now’s not the time to speak your mind. Don’t you realize you could ruin his life?”

Yet the truth remains between him and you. They weren’t there, so they can’t say what he did or didn’t do. When they tell you that you are lying think to yourself or say, “Since you weren’t there you can’t know and if you claim to— the only liar here is you.”

Not A Liar:

https://youtu.be/9i7mz0EMiOI

The next song is about my experience of not disclosing about the abuse for a long time because there was no one to tell. 

What’s Been Done in The Dark: 

https://youtu.be/7fM4eXhtD-A

The last song is personal about a specific time I was assaulted and all the emotions I felt. 

Starring Right Through Me: https://youtu.be/rLYgx6-m5h4


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  1. zelda Volunteer

    Hi, peacehopemusic!

    Thank you for sharing your music with us. Your song “Not A Liar” resonates with me, especially the last line, “Since you weren’t there you can’t know and if you claim to, the only liar here is you.”

    You have a beautiful voice, message, and spirit. We would love to hear more of your work. Please keep us updated, when you can. 🙂

  2. pvb Volunteer

    Hi peacehopemusic,

    You are definitely doing a great job at creating a safe place. I wish I could sing! Sometimes I feel like I’m Beyoncé and then I snap back into reality. Haha. You are very talented ! I am sorry that these things happened to you and I understand everyone copes in their own way, you are doing it in such a positive manner. I truly respect that and wish you the best for your future and what it holds for you. Just like you said under your video, you deserve to be valued, cherished, and loved and you are. Thank you for sharing and being a motivator to many that have had traumatic situations such as yours. Stay strong 🙂

  3. avahalliday Volunteer

    Hi PeaceHopeMusic,
    I know it has been some time since you’ve posted this, but I have really enjoyed all of your other songs and wanted to come check these out! I think it is so amazing that you are able to turn your experiences of assault into something so beautiful. And it is even more inspiring that you are willing to share these to help other people cope with their trauma as well.
    You have such a talent and I am so glad that you share it with us all. I am looking forward to even more music coming from you <3
    Ava

  4. smarti14 Volunteer

    Dear Peacehopemusic,

    I think it’s beyond beautiful that you can turn something so painful into such beautiful lyrics. You really have a talent! I honestly can deeply agree with you about there not being enough music or lyrics about trauma. Different forms of trauma too. This is such a wonderful coping mechanism. Thank you so much for sharing our music with us. Please never stop writing and making music. It is such an important step to open up about our traumas, and to do it in such a beautiful way is amazing. Thank you!

    Warm Regards,
    Suzy M.

  5. Dayana143 Volunteer

    Wow let me just say I think it’s amazing that you are writing music to share your experiences, and you are right I don’t even think I have ever heard music that relates to peoples experiences. It makes me happy that you have chosen to share your experience through music because I believe this will help a lot of people that can relate, and even to the ones that don’t. You are truly so inspiring, and thank you for creating such beautiful art.

  6. peacehopemusic

    Thank you all for your comments! I appreciate it. ????

  7. Jess Volunteer

    Thank you for sharing your music with us. I think this is such an important and healthy way to advocate for yourself and other survivors. As a music therapist, I know how beneficial this type of expression can be and I’m so glad you found a way to share your talent and story with the world. I think these songs will really help other survivors.

    Thank you for sharing your story, your voice, and your talent with us. Keep advocating and sharing these songs. You’re right – these types of stories are not shared often enough through music or other means, so it’s so incredibly vital to keep advocating in this way. Please keep us updated and if you need anything at all, please reach out to us. We’re always here for you. Stay strong and keep fighting. <3
    -Jess

  8. larakopp Volunteer

    Hi, peacehopemusic:

    Thank you so much for sharing your songs with us! You’re very talented and I appreciated how “What’s Been Done In The Dark” was artistically “blacked out;” It added to the depth and meaning of the song.
    I am sorry that you’ve had people in your life who don’t believe you. I believe you! I think the fact that you were able to take those feelings and create such a beautiful, empowering, and honest song is amazing!

    As an abuse survivor myself, these songs really touched and resonated with me. I agree that there aren’t a lot of songs about the “trauma and aftermath of it all;” and I think the fact that you want to share your musical gifts with others and offer a safe space to come together and heal and find comfort is wonderful and inspiring!

    Please continue to share new songs and update us with how you’re doing! Thank you!

  9. Breanna Volunteer

    Hey peacehopemusic,

    Thanks for sharing these with us. I’m with ya – I find music to be incredibly comforting in very hard times. I’m so happy to see that you’ve been channeling your thoughts and feelings into your music. I hope you find it helpful on your healing journey. Keep your chin up and stay strong. We are here for you.

    Sending love and support,
    Bre

  10. SydSquid Volunteer

    Hey Peachehopemusic,
    Those are some good songs and very revealing. I agree that there isn’t enough songs out there to help people through this kind of trauma. I think what you’ve done is very brave and will touch a lot of lives. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  11. musicislove

    Hi peacehopemusic,

    I really enjoyed listening to your songs, thank you for sharing them here. Music is such an important outlet and I’m glad you’re able to turn to it to express yourself and your feelings. I turn to it the most when I’m struggling so I can see how therapeutic it can be, and you have a great voice to get what you need out, that’s powerful. Please come back any time you’d like to share an update, we’re always here!

    Delaney

  12. Alyssa Day Captain

    Hi peacehopemusic,
    Thank you for sharing your much with us. I love that you turned what happened to you into music. I also turn to music for everything and being able to listen to your songs is definitely inspirational for anyone when they are upset about their trauma. Thank you again for sharing your music with us. If you need anything else we are here for you.
    -Alyssa

  13. KatherineL Volunteer

    Hey Peacehopemusic,

    It’s really inspiring how you’ve been able to channel your experience into something artistic that showcases your talent. I really like your idea of using music to create a safe space for survivors. I hope this is cathartic to you as well! Please continue to update us on your progress if you feel so inclined. Take care!

    KatherineL

  14. colton95 Volunteer

    These are great songs! You are an incredibly talented singer and songwriter. I am sorry for what you had to go through. Just know that you are not alone and people here believe you and are more than happy to listen to you whenever you want to write a story and share your thoughts. Stay safe!

  15. JWorks Volunteer

    Hey PeaceHopeMusic,

    I listened to your songs and I must say, you’re a very talented songwriter! You’ve gained a subscriber lol. On a more serious note, the things you wrote about are serious issues. People are called liars and told to be quiet about their abuse.
    I hope you keep making music and keep updating us!

  16. blashea Volunteer

    Hi, thank you so much for sharing your art with us! It’s incredible that you’re using your pain to make something beautiful. I know how difficult that can be. We’re proud of you and your strength!!

  17. mikaylaanne11 Volunteer

    Hey there peacehopemusic!

    I checked out your channel and thought your songs were wonderful. It’s difficult to put yourself and your art out there, and I’m so proud of you for doing that! It seems like singing and writing is a great tool for you to process your assault. We’re here for you, and we believe you. Keep on sharing your stories and your songs!

  18. music2799 Day Captain

    Hi peacehopemusic,
    Thank you for sharing your music with us! Your music is beautiful, and your voice is very calming. It’s amazing that you’re sharing your music to provide a safe space for people. It takes courage to talk about your experiences. I hope writing and sharing these songs has been cathartic for you, and I encourage you to keep going! We’re here to support you in any way you need us to!!

  19. Bluebell13 Volunteer

    Dear peacehopemusic,
    Thank you SO much for sharing your songs with us. They are beautiful and touching. Music has this amazing way of healing; I don’t know where I would be without it. Please keep writing and sharing!! You are making a difference.
    Sending you love and strength,
    Roxie

  20. loveishere2020 Volunteer

    So talented, peacehopemusic – Truly a blessing for those struggling with their sexual abuse. Please keep up the great work and continue to share your videos!

    Stay safe – Hollie

  21. april-federico Volunteer

    Hi peacehopemusic,

    Come to think of it, I haven’t heard much music about dating violence, either until you shared these! I remember my campus actually did a songwriting workshop for sexual assault awareness month, and that was pretty much it. I have heard “Love the way you lie,” which is more so about domestic violence. The message didn’t ring strong for me until I saw the music video for it. (It’s the one with Eminem and Rihanna that came out like a decade ago.) Music is such a great outlet to express yourself and I encourage you to keep doing it!

    Keep rocking and being creative!

    April

  22. Turnschaosintoart Day Captain

    peacehopemusic
    I listened to your music and it touched me. You have an amazing voice. Your lyrics were very relatable. I am so proud of you for sharing and trusting us with such a huge part of you. Thank you so much. Music is an amazing thing in the way it hits certain emotions and says what you are feeling even when you dont know what that is. I hope you continue to write more and continue to heal. You are so brave. Keep writing and singing your songs. And know we are here for you either to listen to your music or anything else you may need.

    Kristin

  23. Rustin Day Captain

    Hi peacehopemusic,

    I think that it is great that you have found an outlet and somewhere to express yourself. Putting these on YouTube was a great idea because I’m sure that others need to know that there are more people out there that have feelings and emotions that may match what you are feeling as well. Thank you for this effort!

  24. dzreid Volunteer

    Hi peacehopemusic!
    I am so glad that music has helped you! That’s awesome that you were able to share them on YouTube. Thanks for sharing with us your beautiful work! I’m so encouraged & glad that you found an outlet that is so beneficial & healing! I’d say this that this an excellent way to express your experience. I hope you continue writing & sharing.
    Dawn

  25. meg Volunteer

    Hi peacehopemusic!!!

    First, oh my goodness you are so incredibly talented. I will be singing Not A Liar forever now. Thank you for being so giving with your art and sharing with us your trauma and healing. You are doing something magnificent by sharing your music and turning such horribly complex traumas into something to help not only yourself but others to know they’re not alone. You have a beautiful heart. Thank you thank you thank you. Please continue to share with us. If you ever need the support you are offering all of us with your music, know that we support and love you just the same.
    -Meg

  26. Erin O'Callaghan Day Captain

    Thank you for sharing these with us. I hope that it helped to write up these songs and was really cathartic. Come back whenever you need!

    Erin

  27. aegardiner Volunteer

    Hi peacehopemusic,

    Thank you so much for sharing your music. Putting your feelings and thoughts into music to share your story is a great idea to help yourself and others.

  28. Lex Volunteer

    Hello peacehopemusic,

    Thank you for sharing your music with us. I am glad you found music as an outlet to share your emotions! I’ll be listening to them tonight!

    All the best,
    Lex

  29. Natalie M Day Captain

    Hi there,

    Thank you for sharing your music with us! It takes a lot of courage to write and share about your story and your journey! You are so brave and so strong! Thank you for supporting other survivors as well!

    -Natalie

  30. Amysue43 Volunteer

    Thank you for sharing these! Thank you for providing this additional support for not just yourself but others. It’s amazing what music like the can do for others.
    Stay strong <3

  31. Ashley Day Captain

    peacehopemusic,

    Thank you for allowing our community to learn about your story through the music you have created.

    I agree that there isn’t too much music that discusses the aftermath of sexual violence; I’m thinking that the people who come across your music will certainly find comfort. I wish that you would have had someone to confide in about the abuse sooner.

    Please feel free to come back at any time.

    Ashley

  32. Marissa Day Captain

    Hi peacehopemusic,

    Thanks for sharing your music with us. It’s amazing! I’m glad you were able to find such a powerful outlet for your feelings. Please let us know if there’s anything we can do for you. We support you!

    Marissa

  33. Solongago Volunteer

    Your music is awesome. Thank you for sharing. Music does reach inside of us and it brings us out. It can be very healing.

  34. haesol Volunteer

    Hi peacehopemusic,

    Thank you for sharing these links with us! I’ll be sure to check them out.
    It’s a really good thing that you’ve found music as a means of support to help you cope, I’m truly so glad you found it.
    I hope you are well, and don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know how you’re doing if you ever feel like doing so.
    All my best,

    -sol.

  35. tolleytn Volunteer

    Hi peacehopemusic,

    Thank you so much for sharing the links to those songs! I’ll definitely be listening to them soon. I’m glad you are able to find an outlet in coping with your abuse. Sending lots of love your way 🙂

    – Tiffany

  36. candyappleb Volunteer

    Hi peacehopemusic,

    Thanks for sharing these with us! I often find that it’s easier to communicate through music as well. I’ll have to take a listen. Please feel free to share with us again!

    All the best,
    Becca

  37. rkr18 Volunteer

    peacehopemusic

    Thank so much for sharing your music. It’s amazing that you can put your experiences into words. It needs to be heard!!

    -Marie

  38. jcas120 Volunteer

    Hello Peace Hope Music,

    Thank you so much for coming by to share this with us. I’m grateful you found out about our organization. I think what you’re doing with music is amazing! You’re right, there isn’t much much music about trauma directly. I really like what you’re doing here and it also seems like this is therapeutic. I hope others can be inspired by what you did and do the same if they wish.

    Putting yourself out there and creating this music is very brave of you. I’m thankful you did this! You can also come by anytime to share more music or stories with us.

  39. sfmbelle413 Day Captain

    Hey there peacehopemusic,

    Thank you for sharing these songs. It shows incredible strength to share these experiences with others. Your songs are beautiful and I’m glad you were able to find an outlet to help you heal. Music can be healing in so many ways and is a great positive coping skill. I hope you continue with music and singing about things that drive you. Keep on fighting. We are here for you.

    Sending light,
    SFM