Again today, the daily email from The Brave Girls Club seems to be written to me. From the very first sentence, "It's ok to cry sometimes, you know. It's even ok to completely fall apart for a little while so that you can put yourself back together in the way you are supposed to be together...". It even mentions having a hole in your heart where loved things used to be.
I'm taking this daily email as a sign that I'm finally on the right path. Finally taking the steps necessary to come to terms with everything before I lose one more day.
Because today I am reminded of how bad things can get
when you try to bury something from your past.
I found out today that a friend from high school finally reported something horrific that happened to her during our high school days. Something that she had never told anybody until a few years ago when she confided in another friend of ours.
I thought that keeping my pregnancy and the adoption of my son a secret was damaging. What this friend has kept secret is so much worse.
Sadly, she will be vilified by many. I imagine very few people will place their anger where it belongs ~ on a man who had a wonderful reputation in our community. A man who was a leader of many. On the man that committed a grievous crime against innocent girls who were afraid to speak out.
Instead they will blame my friend, who has fought drug addiction several times since graduation. Drug addiction brought on because of what was done to her. Addiction brought on because she kept a horrible secret.
I am so proud of my friend and another woman for coming forward, all these years later. The bravery it would have taken for her to tell her story is unimaginable.
I pray for her that telling her truth shall set her free. And I pray that people will not judge unless they have walked a mile in her shoes.