I've watched the posts fly through the 'net about the idiot who wants to ban the book SPEAK. And I've retweeted, and shared on facebook some of the blogs that are shouting him down.
I've tried about a dozen times now to add my voice to this chorus, and words are failing me.
I am a rape survivor.
It's a fact that some of my family members are not even aware of. They don't read this, that I am aware of, and if they do...I'm sorry that this is the way you are finding out. It's been a long time since it happened, and there's no easy way to bring up the topic.
There's never a good way or time to bring up the topic, to tell someone what happened. You feel so alone, so ashamed, so afraid. Books like SPEAK are a lifeline, especially to the teens that go through this. So thank you, to all of you who are speaking out, who are finding the words that I can't.
Bea's Book Nook
Mad Woman in the Forest
I know there are so many others out there that are helping and talking. You have my gratitude and my admiration. Thank you so much.