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Thank you, Dennis, for your story and encouraging words. And thank you for reminding us that this is not merely a woman's plight. Sexual abuse happens so often to males as well, which seems worse to me. Not only are you not given the words, you are not given permission to feel any emotions, let alone the powerful ones derived from abuse. It is frequently more shameful for boys, as well.
I commend you for having the courage to come forward, and even with your full name, risking ridicule and wayward looks. I'm honored that you would choose this venue and our readers for your story.
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Thanks EdithAnn and Jennifer. I wouldn't necessarily call myself a hero (*blush*).
I do agree that we need to be able to talk about it; Having the language to verbalize these things is important. And when that language embarrasses everyone around you if uttered, well that just makes for one big frustrating situation.
Carollee, thank you so much for sharing your life with me and our readers. I think all of our war stories are valid and worthy of swapping on such an occasion as this. And your point of teaching our children about their own sexuality was beautifully put. I hope today's kids grow up more knowledgeable about abuse and be more sensitive to those that survive it.
In GOP's defense, I think it is easier for people to make crude jokes than to face the reality that abuse of any kind is a soul-ripping, ravaging and annihilating epidemic that has touched the lives of every person we encounter, whether we know it or not.
Hahahaha. I needed a good laugh today masondixon. Thanks!
I wouldn't suggest a child pick up a .45. They're liable to tragically shoot themselves instead. Also, I don't think there's a rapist on every corner and child molesters are usually family members or step-parents who have been abused themselves at some point or another.
On another note, I had my concealed to carry license in the state of Arkansas, where I'm from. I didn't renew in Texas because I no longer own a gun. I don't object to gun laws or usage. I just don't think it's appropriate for children to handle guns.
Jared, thank you for your comment and support of donations. I, along with many others, can understand your want to not attend. And on behalf of the Monologuers, a big thank you as well for not calling the college to curse and harangue them.
GOP: It takes a lot to offend me, so you'll have to do better than that. But I'd guess that the women in your life might find that joke inappropriate as it pertains to this subject. Upon reviewing this blog over the weekend, a good friend of mine asked a group of four women if they'd been abused or raped. All four raised their hands. That might be a good homework assignment for you, too.
This is Trysta Eakin, by the way. Reporter for the Victoria Advocate.
@thepatriot: While I respect your opinion about Aprill's column, it's unlikely your kids had a copy of the paper before your post at "January 20, 2011 at 7:34 a.m." Get Out publishes in the paper on Thursdays; this week was no exception.
Your points, however, in my opinion, are valid in that a 9-year-old perhaps should not be reading the material, especially if the subject of vaginas has not been breached yet.
You're right Mike, he's a great player. For anyone who wants to see Hayden's and St. Joe's stats this year, visit AdvoSports.com!
Sorry it took so long for me to respond. I just returned from vacation.
We actually don't post all the nominees. We'll announce the final five in our next GC, coming out Jan. 26.
Thanks for your interest!