Alas for those who never sing, but die with their music within them. – Oliver Wendell Holmes
I read this quote the other day and my heart broke. Tears came to my eyes as I thought about the music that many of us carry within us and never sing.
I thought of myself and other survivors of child sexual abuse. So many of us never sing. Never.
Child sexual abuse causes a kind of soul death, a slow dying deep inside. I know survivors who have never sung their song. I know their pain and I see it in their faces. I fear that my sister may be one of these people. She suffers too much.
Victims of child sexual abuse have no power. They have a song to sing and no one to listen to them.
Will anyone stand up for the children?
This post inspired by yet another story of yet another bishop who failed to protect his lambs. Check out this US Catholic story.