For the past seven years, I have been discussing and encouraging critical discourse around the residual impacts of abuse and trauma on the survivor body and its connection to autoimmune disease. Engaging in a global study through one-on-one work with fellow victims, solo study of global intergenerational abuse, and my own intimate healing. To this day, my ethos remains rooted in the agonizing yet powerfully freeing act of autonomous self-belief.
I believe that the path to truly unpacking the global ancient trauma epidemic can only be found by listening to those who know the reality of this level of suffering. By encouraging sustained belief of the global survivor body, and the ways in which it holds the residual impacts of abuse and trauma throughout the course of a lifetime, the world will be invited to heal alongside them. Which is why I believe that survivors (not just white survivors) hold the key to shifting injustice on individual, communal, and global levels.
I fell into the study history because it reminded me of how I fell into myself; at the roots. The roots are where I live.
My research topics focus on the politics of memory, the interaction between formal and informal belief systems, collective memory creation, and oral history. My building thesis is on the history of bodily autonomy and answering the question: Who did the body belong to throughout time and how does the embodiment of trauma coincide with the reclamation of individual and cultural autonomy? I hope to unpack how sexual assault was described throughout time and to identify (through studying the history of the family) when child autonomy was constructed and/or deconstructed.
I fully recognize that ethnocentric “objectivity” has consistently dismissed the authority of the marginalized on their own history and story due to white supremacist hierarchical biases, and the dismissal of white violence. I hope to continually choose to face my own subvert and overt prejudices, be accountable for my privileges, and remain open to correction when I fail.
HOW TO SUPPORT ME:
95% of what I do now is free, but none of it comes without cost on my end. I am a full-time writer, and a full-time student, living with a debilitating autoimmune disorder. Every cent of support I receive provides me with the resources to further my studies and continue committing to the sustainability of my work. Any and all extensions of support, both free and monetary, helps move my work forward.
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"The moment I saw Skyler from across the room, my heart whispered..."There is a survivor." Not only a survivor...but thriver.
As Skyler Mechelle opened her soul to us and shared a piece of her writing..the raw, real emotion I felt could not be denied. This woman was a force to reckoned with. This woman was going to change how we spoke about and perceived trauma and abuse and grief and loss and sexuality and fluidity and love and pain.
This woman needed to be heard and seen and cherished and demanded to be. And I was able to take her all in...every word...and truly be planted into her life at the time of her abuse. And then brought back to life as she brought herself to healing.
Skyler is a miracle.
Her story is just that."
-Survivor, Master's Programme Student