Welcome to Silence the Shame
After much deliberation, I've decided to launch a new blog that is a secret-sharing space. As you may know, I am the creator of www.survivorscanthrive.com and the Survivors Can Thrive! blog. I am a child abuse survivor. I am an incest survivor. I am a rape survivor. I want this space to be a safe harbor for other survivors to share secrets, in order to stop the silence, silence the shame and break the cycle of abuse.
I also want this space to feel safe and cathartic for anyone who wants to get a secret off of his or her chest in an environment that provides a cleansing, comforting, supportive release. This is no place for bragging, lying or shaming.
If you want to share a secret: Post it on your blog and comment here with the permalink. If you'd rather share here and go, submit a comment of 1,000 characters or less (including spaces). You choose whether to click on "anonymous" or reveal your blogger identity. I will cut and paste secrets shared and they will appear as separate posts. (Submissions will be stored in my e-mail box and will appear here when I post them. They will not appear in the comment section.)
You are welcome to comment on secret posts, as long as your comments are supportive. They will appear in the Blogger comments box, as usual. You may offer kudos, congratulations, comfort and compassion for posters who have been brave enough to share. There will be no unsolicited advice, attacks or heated debates allowed when commenting on secrets shared.
To get the ball rolling, I promised to share a secret of my own. Here it is:
I'm convinced that I'm an alien
Marooned on planet Earth.
I love my child,
As much as I can
Considering we're not even
The same species.
It's not that I
Ever really wanted to die,
It's just that
I'm so homesick.
My greatest fear
I'll never remember
Where "home" is.
Copyright 2006 by Marj McCabe--All Rights Reserved.