I am sorry those things happened to you and nobody saved you at that time. You are all everyday heros. Your courage possibly saved others from similar expirences. And your bravery to testify brings an issue to the masses, who may take more steps to educate their children in open and honest conversation.
Silence was the weapon used against you, robbing you of your peace of mind, your security and your innocence. That you have been able to find the courage to find your voices again, speaks volumes for your character and your strength. As Audre Lourde said: “Speak your truth, even if your voice shakes.” Speaking as one who did not speak her truth and whose scars have run exceedingly deep as a result, I applaud you. Keep speaking your truth until your voice no longer shakes and the weapon of silence is disarmed for all time.
Thank you for standing up in court and showing your face. You are brave. You will save many more from abuse because you are speaking up. God bless.
To victims of abuse: I just wanted to say that You are not the sum of other people’s ideas or actions toward you. You are what you choose to be. And no matter what has happened to you in the past the rest of your life is all your choice, nobody else’s. They have no power over you. People who have been abused bare so much shame and self hate that is misdirected. Don’t put yourself through anymore pain by being your own enemy. Love yourself. You deserve it. And those sick feelings you may still get because of what was forced on you, let those be the fuel for your future. You are safe now. You are accepted and loved and now you are being vindicated. We’ll make sure of it.
You are survivors, and you are incredibly brave. Stay strong, and reach out for help if you need it. We support you.
You are courageous to speak up and I wish you much comfort and support as you go through the difficult, but hopefully empowering task of testifying in court. Remember to keep care of yourselves and reach out for support when you need it. May you find justice.