I fully understand it is not easy to tell someone your stories, speak your private and painful experiences aloud for all to hear, react to.
I fully understand it is not easy to write your stories down, put your private and painful experiences on a page for all to see, react to.
Time can add weight and resistance to our most private memories, making them difficult to pull up our throats and off our tongues, making them difficult to push through our fingertips and onto the pages.
Despite the difficulties in getting them out, and all our fears of letting them out, sometimes we simply need to do it.
A moment arrives when sharing them becomes the only option.
Please know that no matter what your fears are, ones you don’t need to have are that your stories won’t be heard, won’t be read, won’t have someone able to handle them, won’t have someone who will take the time to hold your words in their heart, respect their importance, keep them safe.
I am here.
I am listening.
I am reading.
I am up for the task.
For your stories are invaluable.
As is your voice.
As are you.
If you need support, information, advice, or a referral, RAINN.org has trained sexual assault support specialists ready to help. Call 1-800-656-4673.
If you are thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, call the National Suicide Helpline at 1-800-273-8255.
Kim Bongiorno is an author, full time freelance writer, and the blogger behind Let Me Start By Saying. Her latest publication is the essay “This One is for the Ghost Girls” in YOU DO YOU, an anthology about the female experience written by authors ages 12-65 for readers of all genders, ages 12 and up. Learn more by connecting with her: Facebook · Twitter · Instagram · Goodreads · Amazon.com · BookBub · Newsletter · Book Announcement Mailing List