Wednesday, September 29, 2010

One Stop - Quiet, It’s a Secret

He said lay back and you will enjoy this and her five year old body did even though she knew it was wrong because they were hiding and it was a secret and daddy didn’t come to rescue her and mommy said she knew she was doing something she shouldn’t but mommy didn’t make it stop and the years passed and there was no forgetting with lost memories only the incessant hum of filth and shame and constant fear and danger watching the shadows attack at the back while trust flew away from her the moment he took her hand and said come with me.
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About this blog carnival: “The world I want for my children” is an effort to support The Joyful Heart Foundation, which was founded by Law & Order: SVU actress Mariska Hargitay to help victims of sexual assault mend their minds, bodies and spirits and reclaim their lives.  Today, the foundation is at the forefront of an effort to end a disheartening backlog of tens of thousands of rape kits in labs across the country, a backlog that contributes to a rapist’s 80 percent chance of getting away with his crime.  The backlog and its detrimental effects will be the topic of an SVU episode on September 29th.
Please help us raise awareness for this important work.  What kind of world do you want for your children? Write your post and link up here.
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37 comments:

  1. Wow. I'm speechless. Powerful post.

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  2. 5thsister: I know, not very chipper. I didn't really want to do it which of course is why I had to.

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  3. Important message! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. So glad you linked up and shared this heartwrenching piece.

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  5. thank you...definitely not an easy write at all...as mine was not yesterday...but by dragging the shadow into light perhaps its reach shrinks...great to see you at one shot as well...

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  6. thank you...definitely not an easy write at all...as mine was not yesterday...but by dragging the shadow into light perhaps its reach shrinks...great to see you at one shot as well...

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  7. This post made me sick to my stomach. For most of us this is a topic we would prefer to ignore, but ignoring it helps the abuser, not the victim.

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  8. excellent points and the details are more specific than somewhere else, thanks.

    - Murk

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  9. Wow Nessa. Powerful I tell you and so ethnic we don't discuss much and should. Very well done.

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  10. simply and powerfully written - hits one in the gut. thank you!

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  11. Not a pleasant topic to write about. But thank goodness people of this generation are writing. Thank you, Nessa.
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    BTW, Texas is the 2nd most solvent state in the U.S. That's because we have cut spending and taxes on the wealthy and the businesses.

    Our Houston crime lab has a three month backlog. GO FIGURE.
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  12. You took my breath away.

    Thank you for sharing your words and yourself.

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  13. I had no idea there was a backlog.

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  14. This is so powerful. I am so proud of you and others who use your words to shine a light on the dirty little secrets hiding in in the shadows. Bravo.

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  15. Thank you for for posting this piece, and helping make people aware of the horrors some endure.

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  16. This made me almost sick. You did a brilliant job of capturing a child's confusion and horror.

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  17. Sue: If only it could reach those that really need to hear it.

    Cheryl: Thanks.

    Brian Miller: maybe it helps someone.



    quilly: Definitely not a pretty picture.

    Anonymous: You’re welcome.

    Thom: Kept too quiet.

    gospelwriter: Not easy to take, for sure.

    Jim: That is an incredible time frame.

    countryfriedmama: Thanks for reading.

    Alice Audrey: I didn’t either until Brian did his post.

    PattiKen: Thank-you.

    dustus: many others have it far worse than this.

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  18. Mama Zen: It is a very sickening situation.

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  19. Heavy One Shot! Let's all hope that things improve sooner rather than later.

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  20. Very actual considering the big scandal with pedophile priests !

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  21. That was such a powerful post and such an important message to get out!! Thank you.

    May I link this post??

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  22. Ok so I felt it was important enough I just linked up to your blog and and copied part of your post. I hope that is ok. Please let me know if you want me to take it down.

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  23. 5 years old!!!! This is sickening. I am lost for words.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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  24. not much i can add that hasn't been said before (i had to live through such stuff)

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  25. Eric Alder: As long as we speak out about it and believe when someone tells us.

    Gattina: yes, there are some of them as offenders but it happens more often with friends, acquaintances and family members.


    Together We Save: yes. Feel free to spread the word.


    Maggie May: yes, it is disgusting that someone found pleasure in that.

    juliana; Thanks for speaking out too.

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  26. this was heart-breaking
    glad you joined in with joyful heart as well..i wanted to but didn't manage..

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  27. I live in a happy bubble where things like this don't happen. The bubble popped for a second but I'll grow a new one.

    p.s. thanks for the comment and bringing my attention to the flag colors. I'm going to change my title. :)

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  28. Such a powerful story, and sadly true for so many children. Thank you for adding your voice to speak out.

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  29. sickening and so often it is family.
    I'm so glad you are rallying for the cause.

    Thanks for sharing with One Shot so more can know

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  30. Nessa

    I was a volunteer for the state I lived in for victims assistance, your poem says it quite well - more then heart disheartening --- it seems like it never ends insidious in our society.

    Joanny

    thank you for the kind comments on both post, I had to cancel the one you left a comment on Dadaism because it was not showing on my computer, who knows where it went, and had to do it all over again from start to finish ugh and linked up to one stop.

    Best
    joanny

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  31. Nessa

    I had to take care of my family- busy day,losing the post and all,any way,if I take the icon button and post it to the bottom of my blog with a short msg and a link, is that all I have to do? I hope I got it right...

    Joanny
    http://thedowsersdaughter.blogspot.com/

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  32. Wow, thanks for sharing this, as hard as it is to read about we all need to be aware.

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  33. Claudia: And a bit healing, I think.

    James: A little crevice is all that is needed. Glad the comment I made was useful.

    From Tracie: it is very unfortunate how common abuse is.

    moondustwriter: Monsters are rarely ugly beings from far off.

    joanny: My computer did some weird thing while I was trying to leave you a comment. I hope it didn’t make too much of a mess. And thanks for spreading the word.

    Calico Crazy: awareness is the first step.

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  34. Thanks for posting this Nessa. I work for Verizon and we support the hopeline and shower for the shelters in bringing awareness to this worthy cause.
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  35. Thanks for raising awareness through this powerful poem. This is such a horrifying reality. Hopefully it will be a safer world for children in the future.

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  36. I read this and cannot help but cry. I can relate all too well to this post. As a survivor of sexual assault and not ever having reported I am thankful for people like you that have the courage to write about their experience.

    I am a mother to a daughter who was sexually assaulted in her first year of college and being so proud of her for having the courage to report it. And then going through the investigation and trial with her was heart breaking. It took so long because it took them a very long time to process her rape kit.

    My daughter and I watched this episode of SVU and we both cried.

    I am sorry that you had to endure this pain but I am thankful that you share your story so that these kinds of things are not silenced. Many hugs sent to you. XX Lori

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  37. Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades.: That is wonderful and much needed work.

    Rosidah Abidin: We have to keep praying and working towards such a future.

    Lori: The “don’t upset anyone” rule is a bad rule and needs to be stopped. Thank-you for sharing and your kind words of encouragement.

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