Okay, here it is. I can't get it to accept my 'indentations' though, so it is not really in the same format that I wrote it
: ...annoying, oh well).
As I said, I was in college when I wrote this, and it definitely reflects that...untitled
You hear about it all the time
You read about it in the paper
hear it on the news
You see it on Oprah
or Sally Jesse Raphael
or GeraldoSo where are they?
These victims of sexual abuse?
"I don't know any. Besides, if it was that bad
how could they make it this far?"You don't know any?
Are you sure?
What about the girl across the hall?
the one who sleeps around
who seems to believe that
depends on having a man
in her bed
on Friday night
What about the girl in your class?
the one who stops taking notes
whose eyes cloud up
when child abuse is mentioned
What about that friend of a friend?
the one who seems so
who has never been on a date
and looks at men withfear
in her eyes
Or the girl downstairs?
the one who looks at men
not with fear
What about the president of your sorority?
she seems perfectly well-balanced
her only care is
that the meeting goes well
Or maybe it is your friend
the one who is seeing a counselor
she hasn't told you why
the one who seems to sink into
a deep depression
now and again
more often than not
What if she told you why she goes to the counselor?
What if she told you that she wasmolested
by her brother
Would you listen?
Would you believe her?
Would you help her through this thing called "life"?
Or would you change the subject
Would you ask her "Are you sure?"
"Maybe it's time to take a walk
get some ice cream"
Or would you just turn your head
Open your eyes
Open your hearts
Open your minds
Open your ears
Look at us! We are all around you!
We are the survivors of a silent crime!
We have made it this far out of sheer will and strength!
We have been robbed of our
feelings of self-worth
Will you let it go on?
Or will you listen
give us the chance to tell our story
and help make it so your children
will not have a story
PS Just a thought...would this thread be more appropriate in "Talk Amongst Ourselves" forum? From previous posts, I know there are many more survivors on these boards. Of course, they may just not want to discuss it right now...