My Dearest Melanie
During my own recovery from childhood sexual abuse.
I was asked to speak with a young girl whom had just been molested.
Her parents, whom were two of my very best friends were devastated to say the least and did not know where to turn.
They had asked me if there was one piece of advice that I could tell Melanie, what would it be? I replied, "Tell, Melanie she's innocent, it was not her fault. She did nothing wrong".
Later that same day, I sat and listened to Melanie as she struggled to tell her story. As she told her story, I found myself dissociating as there were triggers, that kicked in for me. Having known, Melanie and her family for sometime, this was one of the hardest things I had ever been asked to do. This one had extreme emotional ties for me. I felt at a loss to help either Melanie or her parents, because of my own issues that I was still working through at that time.
I went to bed that evening and in the middle of night, I awoke at different intervals and wrote down sentences that came to my mind. In the morning I looked over at what I had written and realized this was a message for Melanie. Looks like my subconscious worked through the night to help us both. I hand delivered this poem to Melanie the following day.
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