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Overview An interrogation of the often-unexamined assumption that silence is oppressive, to consider the multiple possibilities silence enables. Rowe Index. Show More.
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Show next xx. Services for this book Download High-Resolution Cover. It gave me a way to speak out with other people. Disclosing my story to my community came through the creation of a collective endeavor and that somehow felt less heavy. It provided a way for me to talk and for people to talk to me, and ask me about the experience. I was seven when it happened. I held that truth, not knowing what to do with it, for 12 years. In part I blame feminism for that paralysis, but I also give feminism credit for my eventual action.
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But I also knew that speaking out meant potentially engaging the cops where a detective in the Special Victims Unit might investigate my case. Special and victim do not fit with my feminist understanding of myself. I wanted to pursue accountability and justice without perpetuating childhood sexual abuse as an isolated incident implicating only a victim and a perpetrator, and without perpetuating an approach to violence relegated to confrontation on a case-by-case basis.
Figuring out how to infuse this larger political agenda into the telling of my personal story became the primary force slowing down my desire for public disclosure. My mind craved moments where my thoughts, memories and mental impulses had autonomy from an interpretation of their intent or implication.
They are brought on by the memories of what happened, but also by the shame I feel for not speaking up, for betraying my own instincts to act in response to the violation of my body.
There was so much pressure to speak and yet no one was asking me. If more people had asked it might have mitigated the trauma of not being able to speak. By the same token, the work of breaking the silence about sexual abuse, like that of coming out, has to be understood as an ongoing process and performance, not as a punctual event. We need to keep showing up for each other.
I hold back out of fear of triggering them, or resurfacing their trauma. But the trauma is there no matter what, and ultimately the compassionate inquiry of a friend is not the cause of my trauma. That designation is reserved only for the perpetrator of the abuse. Having these conversations means trusting that we are strong enough and smart enough to figure out how to engage these hard truths and use them to catalyze action.