I never thought, when I began blogging, that so much of my white space would be devoted to the subject of rape and sexual assault and abuse
After all, my blog is not called
“50 Shades of Retribution”
“50 Shades of Horror”
It’s called 50 Shades of Gray Hair
And as I write that last sentence, I realize I’m doing exactly what my tagline suggested I was going to do
Exploring my own 50 shades of gray matter
And in exploring what tickles me and ticks me off…this matter happens to be one big, fat, hairy, gray one
Matter that took me more than 45 years from the start of it to face, speak out about, seek help for, and begin the process of forgiving myself by working to place the responsibility where it belongs
Not in the heart or on the soul of a 5-year-old, 6,7,8,9…19 year old girl! Or 20, 30, 40, 50…..80 year old woman, if I’m lucky enough to live that long.
It needs to be thrown into the faces, stabbed into the hearts, and tattooed onto the souls of both the familiar and the unknown faces of those with black hearts and ruined souls who felt they had the right!!
Those who felt they were owed!
Those who felt we asked for it!
Those who believe a 5-year-old wants it!
Those who thought it was no big deal!
Those who blame their victims!
The following link shows just how deranged, deluded, and dangerous these predators are.
In their own words…as (forever and ever) remembered and demonstrated by their victims:
PROJECT UNBREAKABLE – an online photography project that aims to “encourage the act of healing through art.”
It’s not pretty
It’s not nice
But it’s real
Very, very real
Please, take a moment and click the above link.
If it doesn’t make you mad, it’ll make you cry.
If nothing else…it should remind you to
never forget or take for granted the power of words.
In the wrong hands, they can fatally wound a heart, forever scar a mind, indelibly stain a soul
In the right hands…they can free the world…one victim and one share at a time
And this shade of gray looks good on me…a fighting shade, a warrior shade, a sharing shade
By all means, choose your own shade
Wear it loud and proud
But do the world a favor…Share it!