Monday Musings: An Open Letter to the Silenced Ones

Break the silence.

I know you think that keeping your secret is the best option. I know it is hard to take a stand. Do not be afraid of what people will say. They will judge and blame you for everything. It was not your fault and you should not give in to what they say to you. You already lost when you trusted the very person who inflicted abuse.

Please do not give them more power over you. Do not let tthe public break you down. You should not burden yourself with ignorant people’s judgement. You did not asked to be taken advantage of. You just wanted to be you.

Do not listen to them when they say that you were asking for trouble. That claim is far from truth. You did not make the conscious choice, the abusers did. You were young and unaware of what the situation was.They saw it as an opportunity to force you, like vultures waiting for their preys.

Avoid thinking that they will not believe you if you voice out what really happened. Be brave enough to fight for what is right and just.

I know it is hard to go against family but real family would never hurt you. They will support you through your battle.

Do not devalue your life just because a guy told you that you are no longer a virgin or that you are damaged, that no one will ever love you for this. True love heals and does not scar.

They could be doing the same thing to someone else with each day you keep quiet, do not allow them. Do not think for a second that speaking up will not change things. It is your first step to say to the abuser that you do not accept what they did. Challenge them.

It may not be easy and the world does not understand the young more than the adults. The crowd will insult your being. They will degrade and call you names like slut or whore.

You are not one.

You are not alone in this.

I share your heartbreaks.

Silence will not help.

Let’s break silence together.


Author: Rebel Mermaid

Geeky, techie and non-conforming Filipina digital nomad in mermaid costume who loves geeky stuff, sustainable adventures and community empowerment.

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