This week my article on why people should consider lifting publication bans will be published in the Cambridge Times. See, in my case, the abuse I suffered through happened over 20 years ago. While going through the court process, I gave a lot of thought to why publication bans are in place, who they protect, and whether I needed protecting in this case. Twenty years ago I had nobody to protect me. Adult me, 38 year old me, no longer needs protecting in the same way a child would. While I can understand a publication ban to protect the identify of a minor child, to help them avoid any additional uncomfortable attention, to allow them to remain anonymous, I strongly felt that in the case of Thomas Freeman, if a publication ban was to be in place it wasn’t going to protect me, it was only going to protect him. Him. The perpetrator. Now a convicted criminal. If a publication ban had remained in place, I wouldn’t be able to speak freely about the abuse that he inflicted upon me. Instead, his conviction has freed me, to speak openly about my experience, about how the court system fails victims, about what the entire experience as a whole has done to me and means to me. I am free. The article limited me to 500 words or less, but inside me I have so many more words, so this is where I will share them. Be sure to follow my blog by subscribing above on the Follow by Email icon (looks like an envelope).
I was silent for too long. I will be kept silent no more.
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