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The Victims Speak

 

 

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m back today after a week off from work. I’m changing jobs, so I took a break. There’s been a lot of controversy in the world these last few weeks what with the accusations of Christine Blasely Ford and the emotional denials of Judge Kavanaugh. Bill Cosby’s in prison for rape and more and more of the clergy from the Catholic Church are being accused of abuse.

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Official Trailer of “The Keepers”

Last summer I watched a documentary titled, “The Keepers.” It’s the story of two women who went to Seton Keough High school and while they were students there, one of their teachers was murdered. Thirty years later, these two women banded together to find out who killed Sister Cathy Cesnik.  What they’ve accomplished is phenomenal. During their investigation they discovered evidence of horrific abuse by the clergy running the school. Since the broadcast of the documentary, more than two hundred victims have come forward, and the police are actively investigating new leads. They’re also finding that the Catholic Church knew about this abuse and covered it up, allowing these priests to continue their abuse. I would love to see that institution held accountable for the coverup. What a horrendous abuse of power.

That’s the common theme running through all these events. An abuse of power. People in a position of power using it to manipulate and control others. It makes me sick. I’m so glad victims are finding their voice and speaking out. It’s about time.

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Many of the victims are women and if there is a positive side to any of this it’s the fact that women are starting to come together and support each other. I love this. I love it. I haven’t seen this kind of solidarity in a long time. Before, we operated under the guise that there was not enough, so we became competitors instead of friends.  We fell into the habit of judging, criticizing, and ridiculing women who were different from ourselves because it made us feel more secure. We’re right if they’re wrong kind of mentality.

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We’re just now recognizing our power. It’s time. It’s time to stand up against the forces that drag us down. It’s hard, I know especially when we’ve been marginalized for so long. The insidious thread of devaluation starts in our relationships in our own home. Maybe our father didn’t value our intellect because we were a girl, and all he saw in our future was marriage and babies. Parents need to step up to the plate and teach their daughters they’re worthy of respect, and a zero-tolerance rule against abusive behavior is the only way to go. And if your daughter comes to you and tells you she’s been abused. BELIEVE HER.

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That’s the best thing you can do for her during such a horrific time. I applaud the victims standing up for themselves. Speaking their truth. Know that we’re all behind you. Keep shining your bright light. Stand and be heard.

What are your thoughts on these events? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!

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I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.

16 thoughts on “The Victims Speak

  1. I am loving it too! “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”, and women have been scorned, demeaned, abused, harassed, and mistreated for so long that they’re truly furious. If hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, then what kind of power does such a mass number of women have in their collective righteous rage? Thank heaven we are moving past that Marxist idea that women are competing for scarce resources and into the idea that angry women can change the world together!

  2. Seems like the old order is starting to crumble, making way for a new world. Women are finding their voices and the strength to speak out. I happy to be a witness to this! Great post, Lisa, and well timed! Cheers!

  3. Love this! As a child I had to ho through some stuff that I never told my parents out of fear. I now have a daughter and I will constantly tell her that she can come to me for anything and I will believe her and protect her. I’m glad women are able to announce their abuse and something is being done about it.

    1. Yes. I love that these victims are sharing their truth and coming forward. They’re so brave and they’re changing the culture for all the young kids out there. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I appreciate it. ❤

  4. Well said. I think if women could band together we could be incredible things, so you are right it is good to see this happening. I also think in the past society has had us competing and this has to end. thank you for putting this out there.

  5. Hearing Trump apologise to Kavanaugh almost made me puke. I truly believe that longer term this will lead to their like being swept away and consigned to a less enlightened past. The world has seen these power hungry men with a huge sense of entitlement beat their chests and lie, I think it will ultimately herald a long needed change in attitudes.

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