Shooting for Truth

I have been an advocate for domestic violence/sexual violence/child abuse awareness for more than 18 years now, and it’s work that stirs me deeply. I didn’t quite figure out the connection to my own sense of being afraid of my father in my own home until, oh, 15 years into the work. It’s amazing how one’s mind can keep thoughts apart, to keep us from knowing what we can’t possibly know until we’re ready.

And with Dylan Farrow’s stepping back into the (terrifying) fray of telling the truth about Woody Allen’s molestation of her (read the facts here), and Woody’s continued denial (to which I will not link, because: why), it brings to the forefront how much we are afraid to talk about the frailty of humans, and the possibility — nay, the probabilty — that we will abuse and hurt each other, even without bad intentions.

Deb Rox wrote a beautiful, stirring piece about why we must face this, and how, maybe, just maybe, we are shifting the conversation, even with so many haters and deniers and people unable to tarnish their vision of Woody, for reasons deeply personal (I’m side-eyeing YOU, Barbara Walters). We change the conversation one story at a time. Hers. Mine. Maybe yours. And I’m linking to that piece, because it’s just perfection. GO, READ, NOW.

And thank you, Deb. It’s an honor to be in the trenches with you, fighting the good fight for the vulnerable, and for ourselves.

 

About stacy

I am a writer, author, mother, former magazine editor (last at Redbook), optimist, and, above all, a searcher. I'm still searching for whom I'm really meant to be, after a series of very jarring losses: a divorce and house disaster that led to a book (Falling Apart In One Piece); a week after the book came out, my parents suddenly fell gravely ill, I resigned from my job (and, apparently, my career), my son went into crisis, my parents then rapidly died four weeks apart, and my boyfriend (who had moved in with me and my son just weeks before the book came out) began the painful journey of realizing we couldn't make our relationship work (that story unfolded on this blog). Since then I've been trying to figure out what's next. Or, in other words, how to fill in the blanks.
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3 Responses to Shooting for Truth

  1. A great piece, and like you, I just want to offer my support and empathy for Dylan Farrow – Deb Rox, yourself and all the rest of us that have suffered abuse in one form or another at the hands of someone who is often deeply disturbed.

    We then suffer the abuse all over again in another form when we aren’t believed or our abusers call us liars.

    Blessings to all sufferers – let’s keep sharing out stories so the rest of the world can one day wake up and understand.

  2. Becky says:

    You had me until you linked to a Breitbartcom article. I know, I should be more open-minded about such things, and maybe this is the start of having to realize that not every single thing posted on such a right-slanted site is tainted with evil. That being said, the article by Deb is outstanding. Love you, friend!

  3. Deb Rox says:

    Thank you, dear friend.

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