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A freedom that my soul does feel
A burden has been lifted.
Through courage and my writing gifted
My secret has been told.

My silence now is ended
My spirit can fly free
For far to many years
This secret shackled me.

A secret so unspeakable
Or, so I truly thought
The shame of rape on me I put
Instead of on the doer.
A victim hiding I am no more
My strength has pulled me through.

I hid my secret far to long
And cried to many tears
By voicing my long too hidden pain
That has robbed me of my years.
I now can stand with strength and pride,
My freedom finally gained,
There’s nothing more to hide.

Sharing her experience strength and hope
Written by a beautiful friend in recovery