In Silence - Lady Lee

by Lady Lee 8 Replies latest watchtower child-abuse

  • Lady Lee
    Lady Lee

    IN SILENCE he abused me,
    IN SILENCE he threatened me to be quiet and not to tell,
    IN SILENCE that is all he demanded, for himself to be free.

    IN SILENCE he abused me,
    IN SILENCE he warned me not to tell my mom,
    IN SILENCE that is all he demanded, for himself to be free.

    IN SILENCE he abused me,
    IN SILENCE he warned me not to tell the elders
    IN SILENCE that is all he demanded, for himself to be free.

    IN SILENCE they abused me,
    IN SILENCE they warned me not to slander him,
    IN SILENCE that is all they demanded, for themselves to be clean.

    IN SILENCE I have lived,
    IN SILENCE to protect everybody else,
    IN SILENCE I stayed a slave with no one protecting me.

    IN SILENCE no longer,
    IN SILENCE to keep their secret no more,
    IN SILENCE so now I protect myself, instead of always them.


    Copyright 2002; Lee Marsh

  • Gopher

    That's just wonderful! Go LEE!


  • sunshineToo


    I'm praying for you.

  • Nanoprobe

    Lady Lee
    That is an excellent poem!

    Silence is maintained at all costs in the congregations.
    In our hall when individual threats to silence us seemed to be failing, the BOE gave a talk from the platform on Forgiveness. It was designed to touch your conscience and guarantee your self enforced silence.
    In the talk: a sister willingly attended a Book study conducted by the man who had murdered her husband. Best I could figure out: Elder killed hubby before he became a witness and the town was Urban Legend.
    Whatever! I really dont care what a couple of whacked out consenting adults do anyway but I sure wouldnt recommend it for a four year old.
    No matter how ridiculous: Forgiveness is often used to enforce silence

  • Lady Lee
    Lady Lee

    Thanks Gopher and Sunshine too

    Nanoprobe I truly believe that the only way to solve about a problem is to talk about it in the open. That is probably why the early Christians had their judicial hearings in the public sqyuare - no opportunity for secrets to get out of hand - no opportunity for hurtful gossip (everyone knows the truth) and certainly no opportunity for abuse to thrive the way it does in the org with all its secrets.

  • Lady Lee
    Lady Lee

    One more thing - this whole issue of forgiveness that is pushed on people is just so much crap. Jesus gave the example of forgiveness - the person in the wrong must confess AND stop doing it. Forgiveness is given in return for honest repentance and NEVER to hide the wrong-doing

  • RedhorseWoman

    Bravo, Lady Lee. Excellent thoughts. Thank you.

  • Mimilly

    omg. it was all i could do to get to the end of that poem. my heart is in spasms.

    thank you for putting into words the life story so many of us know.

    Mimilly of the Silent-No-More class

  • Lady Lee
    Lady Lee

    Mimilly Take a deep breath and relax. Thank you for your powerful response. So sad that so many of us can relate to the message

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