Tattoo therapy: How ink helps sexual assault survivors heal
Billie Jean Poteet, 34, has completed three arm tattoos in the past year "as a step in my road to recovery from sexual assault," she wrote in an email. She was repeatedly sexually assaulted as a child, she said, but her "issues came to a head" only recently.
She said she is in a much healthier place now, both mentally and physically. "I know a great deal of that healing came from my tattoos and the healing they brought me."
Poteet is not ashamed of what happened to her. She shared her story because she believes that "the need for anonymity only furthers the cycle of shaming survivors."