I was emailing my sister the other day. She asked me how the book was going and things in general. I wrote how there are some who would rather I not tell my story and I do not really understand that. It is like I am some kind of bad person because I want to help others and myself find our way through this dark tunnel.
She wrote back and said - "Ha! Just try to shut us up!"
I just love that. Just try to shut us up.
My sister is presently not able to tell her story to the world, but I think she has been helped by me telling it. Of course, we can only speak out when we are ready. Some people are never ready. But those of us who can tell our story, we need to speak out for ourselves and for those who cannot. We need to be voices for each other.
And then we need to support each other and remember, that we have done nothing wrong. We did not cause the abuse, we did not deserve the abuse, we could not stop the abuse. We were powerless.
And we are doing nothing wrong by speaking out. We are doing nothing wrong by trying to heal and help others to heal. We are doing nothing wrong by expressing our pain and our sadness and our anger.
We have the right to speak out. We have the right to break the silence. We have the right to educate the world and try to save others from abuse.We did not deserve the pain that we suffered. We do not deserve criticism for expressing our pain.
We could not speak when we were victims. But we can speak now. And when God gives us the courage and the desire to speak out and tell our story, when we decide it is the right time, when we decide that we want to be one who speaks out, when we realize we are free to make this decision for ourselves and NO ONE has power over us, well then ...
Just try to shut us up.