Spontaneous abortion, or miscarriage, is an incredibly common occurrence, so common especially early in pregnancy that we don’t actually know how frequently it occurs because it presents as a late or even regular period. There is nothing unnatural about women, and our bodies, deciding we are not willing or able to complete a pregnancy.
And as someone who experienced sexual abuse as a child from my mom’s boyfriend, which my dad knows about, I felt completely betrayed. I don’t know that we’ve to this day completely integrated this information. I know I would have wanted someone my age with my skills to say something to my abuser about what he did to me, so I needed to confront it. The whole issue sickens me. This entire day I remember so clearly because of that knowledge coming to the forefront.
Patriarchy hurting men is like the negative side effects of a very effective drug. Men could just stop taking the drug – they could fight against patriarchy, they could opt out of the benefits, they could do the work to support women and uplift our voices and deny the undeserved power bestowed by millennia of near global male control. But with vanishingly few exceptions, men do not. They like the drug.
I woke up early to the pink streaks of sunrise over the snow-covered lake. I took a moment to rest in gratitude for this experience and then I got up. I ran through the portion of my talk that includes improvisation, and got ready for the day.
Read my letter to the editor in response to shoddy reporting and truly disturbing comments by a lawyer in a child sexual abuse case that closely parallels what I experienced.
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Check out my newest video. It’s a summation and response to an amazing workshop I took in Gravenhurst (Huntsville and Bracebridge dates upcoming). In this video I talk about situational awareness, the double-bind of self-defense, and how to avoid being an easy target for predators.
This video was created by Muskoka Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services. It is my voice reading my poem ‘Disclose.’ Thank you, MPSSAS, for creating this, and for providing the invaluable mentorship program. I am honoured to be a mentor and to have the opportunity to create this poem for the mentors.