I've been preparing a series of posts about Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence. Some of the information is personal. Some of the information is impersonal. The series has been thought-provoking .... for me, anyway. I've been thinking about the world today and considering our collective future.
The women who have posted their stories here have consistently demonstrated a tremendous amount of bravery. Not just for posting their stories, but in their stories. Me? I buried my story deep in my blog. But maybe not deep enough. So I buried the details deeper. A lot like we bury stories in our psyche. But the statistics say "the truth will out." History says "the truth will out." So...I'm dumping all of this onto the blog-o-sphere at one time, regardless of what the timestamp indicates. Maybe these will be read, maybe not. That's not why I'm posting these. These are posted as part of my own self-discovery. My truth is out. I have been a victim, but I don't feel like a victim.
The topic of SA/DV strikes a chord with me. The sound is harmonic and it resonates. I don't know why. I don't feel pain when I think about my past. I feel pain when I think about the people who are suffering today. I posted this prayer on behalf of the women and men who are suffering at the hands of someone they love. Someone they once trusted. Someone they let into their lives but who has become their enemy.
If you believe you are not affected by SA/DV, pay no attention. But know this. You're wrong.