The voices you hear in this book are of people from around the world who have come together and reclaimed their voice after they had been silenced as a child from sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is a silent epidemic across this world. It is happening everywhere, yet so often society looks the other way. Silent No More is a look into the world of not just ordinary people but survivors who bear their soul to put a face and voice on child sexual abuse. The stories, poems, and artwork you are about to read will open your eyes to the pain, horror, and terror once innocent children suffered. Artwork that paints a picture of pain once locked away that is now being seen. Words that will take you to unimaginable places where terrible acts were done that killed a child’s innocence, stole their trust, and silenced their voice.
The survivors of this book share an unfortunate bond of being sexually abused as a child. The fortunate thing is they all reclaimed their voice and are willing to share it with the world to help someone else out there discover their voice and break their silence. As a child I was molested and raped from 6-8 and 11-13. I was told, “No one will believe you, this is our secret, I know where you live, you have no proof, and you will destroy our family.” My innocence was killed, my trust was taken, and my voice was silenced but I am SILENT NO MORE. The voice of a little girl who was locked behind closed doors, molested, raped, and silenced reclaimed that voice and let it be heard in two books, on the Oprah Winfrey show in her final season, and passed a law in America to educate children on sexual abuse. I am just one of millions that choose to reclaim my voice and be SILENT NO MORE. Foreword By Erin Merryn)
Being in this book has changed my life for the better. I’m so happy to be published in it. Thanks again! (Tricia July 2011)
I would like to say thanks to all of you for taking part in this Book and giving others hope, so many broken hearts and dreams out there … it was not easy for anyone yet you all wrote from the heart I know I struggled to get the words on paper at times but once I did I felt so much better so once again thank you all for helping others. (Josie July 2011)
’We are the ‘voices’..this book brings ‘light to the truth’ of sexual abuses’ Lela
This collection of poems, short stories and art work has deeply moved me and will continue to inspire my work These accounts will undoubtedly offer hope to survivors who are struggling to keep afloat and I wish you well with the launch and distribution of this book. Congratulations on an outstanding achievement. (Angela Gullone BSc(Hons) August 2011)
I was invited to edit this book and was touched by the stories, poems and words of encouragement offered. I am very proud of everyone who made contributions to this “Must Have” book. I was touched by the heart wrenching stories from people who have suffered horrific abuse from early childhood and thoroughly recommend this book to the many who have suffered, as well as those who are seeking help. (John Lewin - Editor)
The postman delivered my copy of Silent No More this morning, very surreal seeing your words in print like that…. I read a bit and done a wee dance round the kitchen. Just proud to be a part of it and thanks Kate for bringing so many powerful voices together, I can’t wait to read the complete work ) Well done xx (Tracy September 2011)
I have been reading the book, reading the stories, reading the poems..and more..it’s bringing healing to my soul. lela
In a single word “PHENOMENAL” …’Silent No More’ is amazingly powerful and enpowering, it does what it says on the tin so to speak and gives that insight into CSA that everyday folk could never comprehend without it. I think you’ve captured something very special within its pages and although I found it extremely difficult to read and had to put it down on many occassions I am so proud to be part of the book, thank you for giving me the opportunity to be part of something extraordinary, a true work of art from many a healing heart. Vic Ktori November 2011
Kate’s Radio Interview
TAKING ‘SILENT NO MORE’ TO OUR COMMUNITIES…
We are committed to spreading the message of our book as far and wide as possible. This has never been ‘just’ another book, our book is unique in that it has 93 male and female survivors. Survivors who say what they want and need to say unscripted. I believe this book holds the power to educate, spread awareness and bring hope to others who have suffered in this way. If you can post some of our book flyers up in your community, please email us and we will happily post some out to you.
GROWING STRONGER, GROWING FREE’ …By Members of R.S.O.S.A (Cover Art by Nicky Palmer) Published 2012
In this our 2nd group book we have come together once again to share what it takes to survive. Not only to survive, but to go on and overcome the many obstacles in our path as we live our daily lives.
With the same honesty & poignancy as ‘Silent No More’ the vast majority of the words on these pages come directly from the hearts of those who are living with the legacy of Childhood Sexual Abuse. However as we know abuse can come in many forms, some have suffered in other ways and some write from the perspective of being the loved one of a survivor. No matter what the reason is that we each chose to put pen to paper… we share a common goal which is ‘healing’. This is not a ‘quick fix’ book of solutions; I wish we could all have one of those. Healing is a journey which stretches out ahead of you; even when you have done some journeying I believe there is still more that can be done.
In this book you will find poetry, blog extracts, art work and more. This book is bursting with hope for healing and how we ourselves are finding healing made possible. We sincerely hope this book will inspire you to follow your own healing path… the pathway to ‘Growing Stronger, Growing Free’
‘Very powerful emotions at seeing my writings in the book, I feel blessed to be a part of Growing Stronger, Growing Free, feel proud to be a part of this groups creation & awe-inspired at being part of such an emotional piece of creativity. Reading my poems has made me realise just how much I have grown since my journey began 4 years ago’ Tori
’I read almost ALL of it and its very insightful to how we all share the “¬DARK”" stuff and feelings/emotions, but, ALSO, that we all have our very own unique paths and journeys of self discovery. Some survival stories and poems were very hopeful and it makes you feel less alone and that there really is LIGHT at the end of the tunnel’ Natasha
‘As I am only really now starting the journey of recovery, reading about other peoples healing journeys has given me hope that I can get there. I now feel that all the hard, painful work I need to do in therapy will be worth it’ Jo