It is amazing how a few words can change your life. It happened to me 14 years ago today. It was much like today the skies were blue, the sun was shining and it was in the mid 60’s. My best friend and younger sister said the words I will never forget. It was as if time froze for me when those words came out of her mouth. I stopped dead in my tracks. I didn’t want to believe what I was hearing. My stomach was in knots. I was shocked, stunned, and angry. Here all along I thought I was carrying my secret alone and suddenly my secret became our secret.
The hardest part was to hear about the one and only time I escaped the abuse hiding in a relatives basement only to learn that same night after I escaped from him he went for my sister and abused her. It crushed me to hear that. If I would have known that was going to happen I would have taken the abuse that night any day for her. I would have come out of hiding and thrown myself at him and say take me leave her alone.
It was my secret for a year and a half. It was our secret for 24 hours. Her courage to tell me gave me the courage to break my silence and realize we needed to tell someone.
She was the first person to help me find my voice and 14 years later that voice has reached millions.
It is not a sad day at all. It is a day we found freedom and realized we had each other and were not alone.
Together we have created far more wonderful, happy, beautiful, incredible, hilarious, etc. memories that far out weigh the pain he put us through.
She is my best friend and sister and we always have each other.
Love ya sis!