Things have been quiet here at Second Run Reviews. The spring has been slow to come here in Iowa and I’m trying to find a new routine now that I work from home. It’s not as easy on a Saturday morning to get up and go to my office and blog as it was before. I’m also on a new medication which is kicking my ass and making me want to sleep all the time. (Don’t worry, I’m calling the doctor this week to discuss this with her.)
This doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading. I’ve finished so many books in the first 3 and half months that it makes me wish GoodReads had a comparison tool that would show this is where you were at last year vs. this year. I’m 4 books ahead of schedule (21 out of 60) and now I’m wondering if I can hit 50% of my goal before June. A huge thing to note, 15 of those 21 books have been #ShelfLove books. I’m pretty sure this is the best I’ve done with that challenge since its inception.
Since January I have been working for an amazing company out in California that helps authors write their books and get them ready for publication. I have reunited with an old co-worker, Jade, who encouraged me to start this blog back in 2013 and is my co-worker again and helped me get my job. It’s been fun working with her again; fangirling via Slack about This Is Us and other crazy bookish stuff.
This week I learned something about Jade. Well, I knew it already, but I didn’t ask for details. On Friday, Jade shared her story with the Internet and I want to share her story with you. So please take 5 to 10 minutes today to head over to Jade’s blog and read her story.
from Jade’s blog…
If you know me or have been a long-time reader or follower of mine, you know that I don’t shy away from the hard things. I am open and honest about a lot of things including my depression and anxiety. Some of you may know that I’m also a sexual abuse survivor. And if you didn’t – now you do. What a lot of people don’t know though, is how many times I’ve been silenced about this part of my life. How many times I’ve been labeled a “liar,” (see below confession from a family member) and an “attention-seeker,” and a “whiny baby who didn’t understand what actually happened.” Listen, none of us are strangers to the way things are in our society. The way rape culture is rampant. The way abusers are protected instead of punished. The way a victim’s voice is pushed aside. You’ve seen the media coverage, just as I have. And if you’re anything like me, you’ve been enraged by it. But how do you deal with it when the situation has happened and is happening to you? How do you go about your day with a smile, knowing that the man (and his family) who hurt you is walking around without a care in the world because he knows that his punishment will be light? How do you learn to “deal” with the fact that so many people, including the criminal justice system have minimized (and often just plain squashed) your voice?
The answer: you don’t.
You never learn to deal with it because it’s not something you should ever have to deal with.