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Why we must unlock small-town secrets

On the Jezebel blog, writer Amy Burns shares her story of, “The small-town secret I kept for 12 years,” a retelling of abuse she suffered at the hands of a beloved community piano teacher and the town’s – citizens, police, parents and others – efforts to deny it, cover it up or forget it.

She sums it up saying, “Countless women have needed their silence to protect them in very dangerous situations, and it still may not be safe for them to tell the truth, no matter how much time has passed. Silence is not evidence of healing or closure; it’s a symptom of a very painful wound. Lionizing the act of keeping quiet only ensures these kinds of secrets will continue to be kept, and it trivializes the kind of damage that lasts.”

More telling, though, are the replies, women who endured and suffered similar situations and stories. Read it here.

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