You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you? 
Why are you beset with gloom? 
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken? 
Bowed head and lowered eyes? 
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you? 
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you? 
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs? 

Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise. 

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Support work                        Still I rise

Through our telephone helplines Trafford Rape Crisis aims to make it possible for you to talk about practical and emotional issues, depending what you want, at any time.  We will offer you support to talk about something that is happening to you now.  We will also offer support in relation to something that happened in your past, or if you are worried about your child, or someone else you know.

We will listen to you and try to help you make sense of what is going on and how you are feeling.  We will not judge you or tell you what to do.  As well as support over the telephone, we can offer you support via email or by letter.  You can phone us at any time, leave us a message and we will call you back, if you would like us to.  You can also email and ask us to telephone you. 

Alternatively you can write to us via email and ask us to write back.  Sometimes writing about things that are bothering you is a safe way of helping to let go of the feelings. 
You can write to our postal address and send us memories, to keep for you.  But you can also let us have your address for a reply, if you would like someone to write back.  All of this is up to you.  You get to choose.  We simply want to try to support you in the way you prefer.

Finally, we have a number of resources and reading lists on our website, so do have a look there, if you can.

At present TRC cannot offer face to face support or counselling.  In the future we aim to develop these services.  If you want to talk to someone face to face, your GP may be able to refer you for counselling.  There are also some services provided locally by “Self-Help Services” and we can give you information about these.  Finally, there are also private counsellors in Trafford, who offer one-to-one sessions, for a fee.  If you are trying to find counselling it is important to think about what you want out of this and what kind of person you would like to work with.  You can talk these aspects over with us if that might be helpful.