Dear friends--The blog post I had here was a very intense piece of writing about my history of abuse, set in historical context. It was a good piece of writing and I am proud of it, but publishing it left me more exposed than I was ready for, and led to a painful personal backlash, so, for the present, I've removed it from public view. Thank you to those who wrote to express their support and appreciation.
Aurora, I don't have the words to express what I am feeling but I just want to give you a hug and thank you for your bravery and eloquence. I don't know anyone else who could take such a tragic personal experience and weave it so deftly into a greater history that connects us all. So very beautifully and bravely written. You are amazing. Big hug.
7/10/2012 10:40:57 am
I read it and I'll re-read it. You do us honor by telling us your story and letting us hold it with you. I know that is a sacred, brave act and that holding it is an act of soldarity not to be taken lightly. . I do not take it lightly.
7/10/2012 04:03:38 pm
Thank you for this Aurora. I send you love and respect. What happened was wrong. Your writing, as usual, is of the highest quality, both in style and content. I wish you all the best as you continue your journey.
7/11/2012 11:51:28 pm
Thank you for sharing with all of us. I had no idea about this chapter of your young life in Puerto Rico. I send you my love with hugs and peace. You are one of the most amazing writers and truth-tellers, Aurora.
7/12/2012 03:09:06 am
Oh, my dear sister. My heart is heavy with grief and full of love for you, for all of us. Blessings all around you. Blessings.
7/13/2012 01:18:31 am
I especially like this: "My molestation began when I was four years old. I don't know what it is to have been untampered with. But then neither does anyone else. We are all collectively sexually manipulated, exploited, deliberately aroused for purposes other than our pleasure, and often for profit. We live in a world in which human trafficking, often for sexual slavery, is neck and neck with the illegal arms trade, and second only to narco-trafficking in size and profitability among global criminal enterprises. The crime against me is just one small strand in the sticky tangle of closely related and widely devastating human crimes."
7/13/2012 02:05:46 am
7/15/2012 01:21:35 pm
Sending you big hugs, lots of warm wishes, for sunshine, peace, strength and healing, for my amazing, talented and beautiful friend. Thank you for sharing your story, and may the sharing to help to build wholeness. xoxoxo
7/25/2012 02:32:38 pm
sending you love.
7/27/2012 03:50:14 pm
thank you. praying for you to feel more fertile possibility in the landscape once the volcano calms. lots of love is here for you.
9/5/2012 11:45:05 am
Thank you for writing this! I will write you a more in depth response privately. I too am awake until 5am. I too feel safest when the light starts to return and the birds start to stir.
3/25/2013 08:00:29 pm
Thanks for sharing this wonderful information on the internet. Your sharing will educate many readers to know about the social evils that are happening in the society. This will bring the people together on a common platform to fight off the social evils.
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