We are survivors

We Are Survivors by Claudia Aboaf / Félix Bruzzone / Gabriela Cabezón Cámara / Juan Carlos Kreimer Fabián Martínez Siccardi / Sergio Olguín Claudia Piñeiro / Dolores Reyes

Publicado por Editorial Alfaguara para Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial. COMPRA EL LIBRO AQUÍ.

It is with great joy and hope that Adults for Children's Rights celebrates the birth and publication of Somos Sobrevivientes, a book written by 8 of Argentina's most notable and widely read writers about 8 stories of members of our civil association.
It is a dream come true and a marvellous and transcendental political, social and cultural event for our noble and urgent collective cause.
Our heartfelt gratitude goes to Claudia Aboaf, Félix Bruzzone, Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, Juan Carlos Kreimer, Fabián Martínez Siccardi, Sergio Olguín, Claudia Piñeiro and Dolores Reyes for their extraordinary work and talent in giving voice to our childhood pains and child victims today.
And we also embrace the formidable gesture of material commitment to our struggle by the 8 dear and wonderful writers who decided to donate their copyrights to our civil association.
Welcome to the world of Somos Sobrevivientes!
And let's hope that together we can change the fate of childhood!
Silvia Piceda and Sebastián Cuattromo, founders of the civil association Adultxs por los Derechos de la Infancia (Adults for Children's Rights).

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"Equis would blindfold him. He would do things to him or force him to do them. It was impossible for a seven or eight year old to know that he had become the victim of someone ten years older, someone he considered his friend, the oldest of his friends".

Jota by Sergio Olguín

"From the school, I heard inconceivable arguments [...]. They said that what he had done with us was 'inappropriate play', they called it 'ugly things'. And that because of those actions a -yellow light- had been turned on. The yellow light was barely enough to move him from one location to another."

Sebastián Cuattromo by Claudia Piñeiro

How do you narrate the abuse? How do you break the secret that the abuser imposes with threats? How do you talk about a pain and shame that most of the time occurs within the family? How do you tell the story of someone who has been subdued by a father, a mother, a brother, a grandfather, a neighbour?

This is an uncomfortable book, it talks about the violence exercised by adults against minors that left marks and conditioned their lives. It talks about difficult situations that occurred in childhoods that were not cared for, in which their confidence, physical integrity and mental health were abused. 

Eight writers listened to eight survivors of abuse and told their stories from a place of empathy and listening with the best tool they have: words. Where silence is the abuser's accomplice, words are the victims' ally. The stories reflected in this anthology allow us to see beyond the silenced, connecting solitary pains with common pain, in an invitation to stop being silent and encourage us to dream together of a brighter future.

"I like my life now, sometimes I feel proud of myself. I was able to heal. But there lives inside me the shadow of a silence that used to be the most powerful mandate, a hole in my memory that led me to forget that which came back again and again in tears, anguish and anger".

Silvia Beatriz by Dolores Reyes

"I felt so ashamed: I had married this beast. Suddenly I'm this girl and all my demons are surrounding me, damaging me, atomising me".

Silvia by Claudia Aboaf

"Blas doesn't talk much [...]. But after a while, yes, he started to talk. Before the complaint, and before the threats [...]. Blas talks. He says confinement. He talks about touching. He talks about physical violence".

Gabriel by Felix Bruzzone

"When I was a child I was abused by a neighbour. [And who was I going to tell at the time? What everyone expected was that my dad would abuse me or one of my siblings, and it didn't happen. But this neighbour did.

Nadia by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara

"Several times dad wants to come into my room, he's still convinced he can do what he wants to me, I scream before he can lay a hand on me [...]. Mum knows and does nothing.

Tatiana by Juan Carlos Kreimer

"The psychologist asked her name, how old she was, where she went to school, how many siblings..., finally he asked her to tell him why she was there. Sofia took a deep breath and told him that she had been raped by her father".

Sofía by Fabián Martínez Siccardi

Cuento "Un varón devaluado": Sebastián Cuattromo por Claudia Piñeiro

Cuento "La fuerza de tu voz": Silvia Beatriz por Dolores Reyes: