“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
This is a quote from the amazing Maya Angelou. If you’ve read my story, you know that I kept that story locked away for years. It was a terrible burden that I did not even realize I was carrying. It was only when I finally told the story, out loud, that I saw it for the burden it was. People say “I felt as if a huge weight was lifted”…it sounds corny, but it was so true. More importantly, it gave me a sense of power. I was finally able to start moving on.
I want that feeling of power for all women and men who have suffered abuse or rape. My goal for this blog is not only to share my story and share information. I hope that you will feel safe to share your story as well. It can be a place of support.
Here are some facts about sharing your story. It can be healing. It can be life changing. It can be anonymous, and that does not lessen the power of the experience. This blog is anonymous for me…my name is not Aimee. I have disconnected the blog from my real email, my real Facebook, my real Pinterest. But I have connected it to Aimee’s :)
There are two ways you can share. First, if you are braver than I am, you can comment directly. I applaud you if you can do that. If you wish to remain more anonymous, email me privately. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I will write up your story in a blog-like fashion. I will change all names/places/identifiers. I will share it with you before I publish it. You will have full control over what is included. Then I will publish it as “Mary’s Story” or “Susie’s Story”, etc.
The name of my blog is derived from a quote I saw on Women for Women. “One woman can change many things. Many women can change everything.” We can only stop rape if we band together. I am One Woman. Together we can be many women and it will change everything.
Are you willing to share your story?