Saturday, 20 October 2012

Loved

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Yesterday was one of the most overwhelming days of my life. I described it to one friend as like being in a dream where you are naked and standing in the middle of the town centre with everyone staring at you.

I really don't know what to say, other than I am blessed. Yesterday so many of you read, commented, tweeted, emailed, hugged, cried, and I feel loved. I feel free....ish. So much shame has lifted. Ironically, yesterday Operation Yewtree changed from an inquiry into a criminal investigation, as some of the allegations against Savile involve people still alive.

My prayers and thoughts are with the over 200 people who have come forward, and with the officers who are listening to these stories and gathering the evidence. This is more than just about Savile, for survivors like me its saying that child sexual abuse matters. That you matter. That I matter.

One of the touching emails I received was from an author in Australia, Jayneen Saunders who has written the most incredible book and resource pack called Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept. I will do a proper review of this book, and intend to purchase it today. The book is read on YouTube by Debbie Byrne, one of my childhood heroes, and herself a survivor. I have embedded the link for you here.

This book had me in floods of tears. It's simple, elegant, not scary, and gets at the issue in a tender way. I will have no issue reading this to my son.



Yesterday also saw Joseph being poorly, which rarely happens. The happy little boy in the picture was a most poorly one an hour later, but once home with mummy picked up, but I had loves and snuggles a lot yesterday.

I am so grateful.

Thank you

6 comments:

  1. Sounds like you have had plenty already but I'm sending you a few more bucketfulls of love to add to your collection. :) Thanks for sharing the book - it looks like a great way to approach the issue with kids. And, again, thanks for sharing your story. xx

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  2. Oh, almost forgot - hugs for Joseph too. Hope the little man in feeling better today xx

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  3. Thank you for sharing this book Kylie lets empower our little ones!

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  4. Wow. The simplicity and sensitivity of such a powerful and empowering book is incredible. Beautifully written. Hugs to you. Thanks for sharing xx

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  5. Thanks. I have bought the book. We don't have secrets in this house. We have surprises which are like secrets but you know when someone will find out. This book will help with communicating with the little one. Very useful ta

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