(Cross-posted from Facebook)
Y’all, I could use some strength right now.
Tomorrow, I’ll be in Olympia, testifying again for the Washington State House Public Safety Committee. The goal is to end the statute of limitations on sex crimes in Washington state.
I have lost friends since going public with my story — friends who really meant a lot to me.
I have had people question the authenticity of my story, and even suggest that the claims by over a dozen people who were sexually abused by the man who abused me (we were all children at the time) are part of some elaborate “witch hunt,” and made up.
I’ve been having very vivid dreams of people trying to stop me from testifying tomorrow… I woke several times last night from nightmares.
I KNOW this is my calling. I KNOW my advocacy for women includes this very difficult work. I KNOW our stories need to be told.
As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
I need all your positive energies in the coming weeks. Please, rally with me and pray that the testimonies given by me and my fellow survivors will be HEARD, clearly. Pray that the committee will, as they did last year, vote to move forward with this needed legislation.
Above all, please pray that once it gets out of committee, it receives the support of both the House and Senate, and becomes law in Washington.
Sexual predators need to know they will NEVER be safe from prosecution in our state.