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Inside this issue, writer Aquiah Ma’at takes us into a very personal, dark part of her family history.
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“I sat in my car and wept; tears that flowed from the deepest part of my soul. I wept for her mostly. You see, I could live with my stories. I had found a way to turn them into my strength and not my tragedy, but would she? Would she be able to transcend this family curse? More importantly, why should she have to? Had I failed her? I screamed, a curdling scream that scratched its way out of 30 years of silence. A sound that even to myself was shocking. I should have screamed sooner. I realized in that moment that it was the space inside of the silence that had made room for this to happen, yet again.”
(That is an excerpt from my book, “Deviance. Transcending a Family Curse”. A book that I knew I had to write after learning that one of my abusers, my brother, had abused our niece. She was the 15 year old daughter of our deceased brother. I could no longer be silent)
60% of all Black women are raped, molested, or otherwise sexually assaulted before they are 18. (Usually by men they love and trust.)
Sit with that for a moment. In fact go back and read it again. Don’t worry I’ll wait…