It’s a moment of choice. A moment when doing nothing is no longer tolerable. An awareness that keeping the secret of sexual abuse becomes too costly and more dangerous than breaking the silence. We each have our moment when we might make this choice. It’s a powerful, liberating and personal choice that can change the world.
For me I had a series of “moments” of breaking silence over years.
The first time I told, I wasn’t believed.
The second time I told, I was blamed.
The third time I told, I was assured it wasn’t that bad.
Each time I broke the silence, my conviction strengthened.
Each time I told and was rebuffed, I understood that childhood sexual abuse is an illness of society.
Finally, I told a person who was brave enough to believe me and to see my pain.