I think we give too many people voices.Too many things that do not deserve another ounce of energy a voice. I am not saying that people should not be heard. I am saying we need to be careful who we are giving voice to. And who we are leaving behind.
I see you making jokes and posting comments about Josh Duggar or some sandwich guy and what they did. Giving your opinion about the horrific illegal actions that they took. I know that in your mind it is funny or really disgusting and you need to let everyone know how you feel. Or what your stance is. You want to make sure that those around you know exactly what your opinion is. I get that. I understand. When it is election year or there is a new season of Downton Abbey on I want my voice heard as well. But this is not that. This is not light and funny.
This is painfully too close.
You see there is a voice you are not hearing.
There is a voice that you are mocking every time you are making jokes.
I am the voice of the girl you do not hear. I am the voice of the little girl who died on the inside at the age of eight. I am the voice of the teenager who never knew she had a choice. I am the voice of the college girl who gives herself away to anyone that tells her she is something. I am the voice of the girl who vomits behind the car in the grocery store praying no one will see her. I am the voice of the woman who numbs herself with anything that will stop her from feeling. I am the voice of the girl who screams in terror when monsters invade her dreams at night. I am the voice of the mother who cries herself to sleep thinking she could have seen the signs. I am the voice of the girl who carves her skin to feel again. I am the voice of the child who sees a therapist more than the playground. I am the voice of the girl on the outside looking in wishing someone would notice. I am the voice of the woman who will never know what healthy sex looks like. I am the voice of the husband who is angry at the man who took away what was his. I am the voice of the pastor who sits and hears the cry of a broken story that was never told. I am the voice of the girl who just needed someone to believe.
So while I know that you on the outside are angry and want to share how you are feeling.
I just plead with you to think of those whose voices are not heard.
To think about all of the young women and girls whose lives were stolen.
Let’s do better.
Let’s be braver.
Let’s be their voice. And stop giving it to those that take it away.