Monthly Archives

November 2016

Child sexual abuse: On rigor mortis

  • 28th November 2016

Yesterday, I was drowning, crashing waves of sorrow, of helplessness. Robbed of my voice, my vocal chords seemingly frozen. Rigor mortis.... Continue Reading

Child sexual abuse: On bittersweet laughter

  • 28th November 2016

I have been meeting with women survivors of child sexual abuse. Their stories give me hope. They inspire me when I... Continue Reading

Child sexual abuse: On belonging

  • 28th November 2016

I was struck by a conversation I had recently with my mother. We were vacationing along the Mediterranean. I was there... Continue Reading

Child sexual abuse: On devils and brains

  • 28th November 2016

One of my mother’s recent WhatsApp messages confounded me: “Padmé, listen to me. Return to your faith. So long as you... Continue Reading

Child sexual abuse: On Mama’s love

  • 28th November 2016

As I reposed on my back in the savasana or “corpse pose” during yoga class, all I could think about was... Continue Reading

Child sexual abuse: On love and matchmaking

  • 28th November 2016

“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait... Continue Reading

Child sexual abuse: On Benedictus

  • 28th November 2016

I sit now in my favourite Starbucks, weeping into my green tea, thankful that I have a non-judging wall facing me,... Continue Reading

Child sexual abuse: On healing

  • 28th November 2016

“If you desire healing, Let yourself fall ill, Let yourself fall ill.” – Rumi “People are broken, Lin,” Ritu was saying. “So they... Continue Reading

Child sexual abuse: O, brother mine!

  • 28th November 2016

“Affliction’s sons are brothers in distress; A brother to relieve, how exquisite the bliss!” – Robert Burns I was settling down... Continue Reading

Child sexual abuse: Keeping a face in a jar by the front door

  • 28th November 2016

In the Beatles’ song “Eleanor Rigby”, the protagonist of the song keeps her face in a jar by the front door.... Continue Reading