IUSecrets
Everyone Has a Secret. Here’s How to Share Yours.

Everyone Has a Secret.

Some secrets feel more sacred, embarrassing or scary than others. Members of the IU community are invited to anonymously share their secrets with one another. Your secret may be big or small, serious or funny, and about any topic such as your experiences with family, friends, relationship partners, love, sex, fear, school, health, religion, hope, or desire. 

Here’s how to share your secret:

- If you have an IU Secret postcard, write and/or draw your secret on the blank side. Otherwise, use a postcard or a blank index card (3x5 or 4x6 is preferred but size is flexible). The secret you share may be something you have never told anyone, or something you have shared with only a few people.

- Be creative by drawing or pasting pictures or using a variety of colors.

- Drop your secret in Campus Mail (no postage is necessary if using the campus mail system). If sending via campus mail, add “CAMPUS MAIL” in big letters on the card or envelope.

- If you mail your IUSecret via the US Postal Service, you will need to add appropriate postage.

Send your secret to:

Dr. Debby Herbenick
Dept of Applied Health Science,
School of Public Health, SPHB 116
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405

Please do not include any photographs, names or other identifying details of yourself or others. These secrets are meant to be anonymous. IUSecrets cards are sometimes displayed publicly on the IU campus. If you are worried about your handwriting being recognized by others, type your secret or cut and paste words from magazines onto the card rather than handwriting your secret.

Inspiration

This project was inspired by Frank Warren’s PostSecret project. The IUSecrets project is not affiliated in any way with PostSecret, which you can learn more about at PostSecret.com or through reading the PostSecret books available in bookstores and online.

About IUSecrets

The IUSecrets project was initially started as a class assignment in Dr. Herbenick’s Human Sexuality classes. The idea was to show students that people just like them - men and women their same age, in their same community, who they sat next to each week throughout the semester - were going through very similar things (and sometimes much more difficult experiences). Since then, it has broadened to include the IU community, in partnership with the IU Health Center, during Wellness Week 2011 and 2012. 

Resources

The Indiana University Health Center has a number of helpful resources for students. These include:

I once got a hickey from my boyfriend. I didn’t know what to do so I covered it up with a bandaid. When my mom asked if it was a hickey I told her no. The next day I burned myself with a curling iron on purpose to show people it wasn’t a hickey but a “burn”. And I did all this for a stupid hickey!
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I once got a hickey from my boyfriend. I didn’t know what to do so I covered it up with a bandaid. When my mom asked if it was a hickey I told her no. The next day I burned myself with a curling iron on purpose to show people it wasn’t a hickey but a “burn”. And I did all this for a stupid hickey!

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I feel like I’m always pestering my friends, but I’m really just trying to cling to something in order to stay sane and alive. 
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I feel like I’m always pestering my friends, but I’m really just trying to cling to something in order to stay sane and alive. 

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I was the other woman. 
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I was the other woman. 

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I’m having sex with someone 30 years my senior. 
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I’m having sex with someone 30 years my senior. 

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Battling anorexia. 
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Battling anorexia. 

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I’ve never been kissed. 
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I’ve never been kissed. 

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I’ve faked more orgasms than I can count but I’ve never actually had an orgasm. One night (when I was much less experienced) I must’ve faked at least 4… it was lasting for hours & I just wanted to get it over with. I can’t imagine what a fool I seemed like to him. I realize now I’ve sort of been cheating myself. Maybe if I would have been honest I would be having them all the time now! *damn :)
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I’ve faked more orgasms than I can count but I’ve never actually had an orgasm. One night (when I was much less experienced) I must’ve faked at least 4… it was lasting for hours & I just wanted to get it over with. I can’t imagine what a fool I seemed like to him. I realize now I’ve sort of been cheating myself. Maybe if I would have been honest I would be having them all the time now! *damn :)

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I am so terrified of failure that I never try to chase my dreams. 
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I am so terrified of failure that I never try to chase my dreams. 

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My second sister was really greedy last year. She wanted to get everything she wanted. One day, when she didn’t get what she wanted, which was an iPhone 4S, she started to go crazy. She fought with every single member of the family and, in the end, she called the police. I had to deal with the police at an early age. That was the scariest moment of my life.
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My second sister was really greedy last year. She wanted to get everything she wanted. One day, when she didn’t get what she wanted, which was an iPhone 4S, she started to go crazy. She fought with every single member of the family and, in the end, she called the police. I had to deal with the police at an early age. That was the scariest moment of my life.

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I lost my virginity at age 17. 
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I lost my virginity at age 17. 

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I drank during underage. 
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I drank during underage. 

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I have had a serious depression, then I tried to kill myself. 
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I have had a serious depression, then I tried to kill myself. 

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I value family more than anything else although I may not show it. 
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I value family more than anything else although I may not show it. 

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I’m afraid that I’ve already forgotten some of my best and happiest memories so I tell funny stories and make up new ones to replace them. I’m a liar. 
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I’m afraid that I’ve already forgotten some of my best and happiest memories so I tell funny stories and make up new ones to replace them. I’m a liar. 

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