June 13, 2018

This piece was originally published here on TheEstablishment.co

Content warning: discussion of rape

My name is Hollie Smith, and when I was 19, I was raped. A...

June 13, 2018

Everyone knows that Instagram is a part of everyday life, whether you like it or not. Sometimes it can feel like we spend too much time on Instagram and not...

May 11, 2018

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week: 14th – 20th May, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation will focus on stress, one of a large spectrum of mental he...

April 25, 2018

There’s blood everywhere.

Like watery ketchup, the kind you get if you order a bacon egg and cheese anywhere outside New Jersey. I’m not great with blood - m...

April 25, 2018

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Trigger Warning: This essay contains descriptions of sexual assault.

I was 19 the day I was raped.


April 20, 2018

I hate the sound of chewing.

I don’t mean “the sound of chewing mildy irritates me”. I mean, “the sound of chewing makes me palms sweat, my asshole clench an...

April 12, 2018

Children terrify me.

They are delicate, sticky, full of hope and well, vulnerable. I have always proclaimed “I hate kids” and “I never want kids” but, much t...

March 30, 2018

Dear family, friends, acquaintances and strangers,

This is a difficult subject for me to talk about but I feel that no good will ever come of people like me...

January 31, 2018

If you are reading this, I am celebrating 30 days of sobriety today. January 31st, 2018.

My relationship with alcohol, like many others have experienced, is...

January 22, 2018

Dear Hollie - 

So it's your birthday. You have made it to 26 - I am so proud of you. 

I am so proud that you have been so resilient in the last year, never mi...

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