As you know, this website and my overall purpose in life is to expose the taboo topic that most people rather turn a blind eye to, molestation. I've been on this personal mission since late 2013. Since then I've encountered many push backs and a lot of hidden support, but I've also met very supportive and enthusiastic people who not only want to share my content but to speak their own truth. I understood from the beginning that divulging into this topic would bring up many feelings, mostly negative but that didn't deter me from speaking out, speaking loud, speaking truth. Yesterday I received an email from a person who stumbled upon my content and thanked me for what I'm doing. I responded back informing him that I thank him for speaking his truth and if he wanted more content to subscribe to the website as well as my other social media platforms.
Why did I say thank you for speaking your truth?
We as a society tend to have a monkey see; monkey do attitude. We don't want to be the first to do something because of the fear of failure and rejection but once we see someone do something, anything that's outside of the norm or something that's new we all want to remix the formula and make it our own. Kind of like reinventing the wheel. Don't get me wrong, I don't nor do I want to be the owner of molestation, I have no intentions of being the poster child for sexual abuse; however, my goals is to make this platform a collective effort. I want this topic and my content to be as much yours as it is mine. I want to talk about whatever you want to talk about like your Akeem, and I'm Imani Izzi. Okay, maybe not THAT extreme but I want survivors to come out and speak their truth because molestation doesn't have a face and nor should it. Just like predators can be coaches, pastors, aunties, babysitters or camp leaders why should their be one image, one person who has a Hello sticker that reads: Hi, I've Been Molested.
My story encourages others to tell their story, and I want your story to encourage others to tell their story. Somewhat like a healing version of Pay It Forward. You never know what you represent to someone close, disclosing this experience might give s/he might a different view of you. S/he could in an instant see you as a triumphant survivor living life to the fullest, igniting him or her to seek out resources like the social media platforms I've built for this very subject. For those who aren't ready to take a stand and share their story, it's fine too. It takes years for people to confront what had happened to them, a journey to healing isn't something that needs to be hasty. You can take all the time you need but keep on pushing. Keep on striving. Keep on wanting to obtain survivorship so you can break free from guilt, shame, and fear. Read to heal; I have plenty of blogs that encourages victims. I also have a YouTube Channel VIEIS_ME that is based on Sexual Abuse and Mental Health. I'm in the process of self-publishing my story of survivorship titled MEMOIRS OF A FORGOTTEN CHILD. Check out all the resources I've mentioned to see if it could benefit you or someone you know. If you've never been a victim but you have information that can help victims or resources to encourage victims to speak their truth, DO NOT hesitate to share them on this platform. I want to take this movement word wide, Read To Real! We survived the worst of it, so let's make the best of it by uplifting each other to our highest.
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