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Kate
I say no more because I have tasted the poison of sexual abuse as a child, and rape as an adult. I spit it out. I say no more because I know the impact of the trauma driven by rape extends into the family and generates secondary victims. I am proud of my recovery. I am proud of my power. I am proud of what I have learned. The days of silence are over. Shame belongs to the perpetrators not to the victims. I’m sixty-five and still fighting for my sisters. I’m not weary, but I am disappointed. 21st-century victims of sexual crime still battle with shame, guilt, victim-blaming, an inhospitable legal system and limited access to free psychological support. Children raised by traumatised mothers suffer: the ripples in the stream are ignored, and I argue we ignore them at our peril. Gender violence has long term consequences that impact on society and urgently need to be addressed. Yes, much has improved in my lifetime, but not enough. Feminism is an engine that drives change, and it needs to shift into four-wheel drive so it can cover all terrains. Kate

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