April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.
If you follow my blog you know that this is a hot button topic for me for obvious reasons. As a writer I use my past to help me heal. I pray before I sit down to write that through my work I will reach out and help someone else heal as well. This is an important ritual for me. My writing, my words, my thoughts are a gift from above that I am thankful for every day. I will not take advantage of that gift. I will always use it to help others.
In my book Silence the main character Cali is dealing with childhood sexual abuse from a trusted family friend and religious leader. She is also dealing with a rape that occurred while jogging when she was a younger woman. Her husband is violent in bed and believes a man cannot rape his own wife. It is her duty to fulfill his needs. Another character in Silence, Adam is dealing with sexual assault from his childhood by a teacher on the reservation. In the books sequel Deception, Jessie is raped and deals with her emotions and feelings and you learn that Itchy was also sexually assaulted as a child and why he behaves the way he does. These are sub-storylines in a very popular thriller series I have on the market right now, but they are important ones because so many of us are afraid to tell our stories and what has happened or is happening to us right now.
I am leery about posting this; actually I am VERY scared. I recently auditioned to have my book SILENCE featured in a Theatrical Festival where I would read a monologue from it. I studied theater my first time in college, and I have only used that experience in my work in radio, doing voice overs, and commercials. Here is my audition and an excerpt from Silence:
In my book Shadows in the Storm the two main characters Chris and Colleen both are dealing with their common link in their past sexual assault. In Combustion the big secret that Amy and her family are hiding is a rape that resulted in murder and a life gone completely wrong.
Will all of my books deal with rape and sexual assault? No, and they don’t. It is just an issue from my past that I am still working on and trying to come to terms with. Part of you dies the moment your right to say NO is taken away. You never get that part back. No matter how much glue I use, I will always be broken. I will never be perfect, but are any of us really perfect? We are all slightly damaged from one thing or another. We are all perfectly imperfect; I am learning that about myself as I learn to love myself and forgive myself a little more each day.
RAINN is a fantastic organization. (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network) They posted a resolution from Congress naming April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.
I just wish Congress would consider doing more, perhaps lifting the statute of limitations on sexual crimes. There is no limitation on murder; why is there on sexual assault?
It takes years sometimes for victims to come to terms with what happened, to be strong enough to talk about it, to be brave enough to say what happened. Why is there a statute of limitations on this vial crime?
I will be blogging more about this as the month goes on. If you are new to my blog and are curious about my experience, my past… read this blog I wrote: Surviving Life on the Streets
Also make sure to follow me on TWITTER: MizzMercy I will have a lot of information and a lot to say on the topic this month.
Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read this and to support me. Keep your chin up. Be proud of who you are and wear your past, no matter what is in it, like a badge of honor.