Stigma Fighters: Courtney Keesee – 16

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Stigma Fighters: Courtney Keesee – 16

I was two when the yelling began
Too young to understand.
Three when the yelling
Was no longer just yelling
Four when the feel of a hand against my face
Became an everyday thing
I was five
When the kids began to ask
Six when the makeup
Began to cover more and more of me
Seven when the words held a meaning
That led to so much hate
Eight when I lost the support
I had been desperately holding on to
Nine when the pain began to break me
I was 10 the first time I thought of death
As a comforting end
Eleven when I began to lose everything
Twelve when I gave up
Thirteen when the voices in my head,
Became my only friends
Fourteen when my head against a locker door,
Hurt less than the words did
I was fifteen when he touched me
His hands remaining forever on my skin
His body etched into my memory
I was sixteen when I had enough
I was sixteen when I found my voice
I was sixteen when I began to ask for change
I was sixteen.

Courtney Dress


Courtney is the Content Manager for Stigma Fighters Teen, where voices are heard. She has been featured on Psychology Today.

By | 2015-02-24T19:12:19+00:00 February 21st, 2015|Categories: Brave People, PTSD, Trauma|2 Comments


  1. jess.⚓ February 21, 2015 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    So much love to you, Courtney, you are a beautiful person,

  2. Alexandra De Vos March 2, 2015 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    Beautiful…thank you Courtney.

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