This coming Friday I’m going to do something momentous because I believe that being silent is complicit with evil.
I’m going to publicly acknowledge that I am a survivor of domestic violence in the form of sexual assault. This is not to gain sympathy or to exploit my traumas. Instead I’m going to finally give myself a voice not stifled by the shame I have carried for decades. I’ll be reading two pieces at the April First Friday event at the Mutual Ground Survivor’s Art Show and Auction, starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Santori Public Library in Aurora.
I claim my ability to heal and to advocate for those who have not yet found their own voice. I sometimes use poetry to convey the horror of my circumstances and my path to survival. This is not my only story — but it’s a beginning. I’m living proof that violence can be overcome.