Maya Angelou, was one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. Hailed as a global renaissance woman, Dr. Angelou was a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist.
Maya Angelou died on May 28, 2014. http://mayaangelou.com/bio/
As a young girl she was raped by her mother's boyfriend. Then, as vengeance for the sexual assault, Angelou's uncles killed the boyfriend. So traumatized by the experience, Angelou stopped talking. She spent years as a virtual mute.
Maya Angelou reclaimed her voice and the world was a better place for it. Her work I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Know_Why_the_Caged_Bird_Sings explore subjects such as identity, rape, racism, and literacy.
Many of the aging and elderly women of New Jersey are going to be re-traumatized by the recent action of Governor Chris Christie. His authorization to open once sealed confidential birth records will test their courage to fight for themselves and use their voice to express their outrage for what he has done. The other option is to allow this bullying legislation to force them into silence for the remainder of their lives.
Women In Hiding Press supports and encourages every woman victimized by abuse to break the crippling tradition of silence and to take command of her story and transform it into personal power.
Women In Hiding Press celebrates every woman who has the courage to find her voice. When victims of sexual trauma come forward and identify what was done to them, name what was done to them, they educate other victims on how they can effectively manage the trauma that was vested upon them. Their combined voices provide a deeper understanding of the devastating lifelong impact of sexual violence. Additionally, their voices provide context that others can use to support trauma victims in their journey to a full and meaningful life.
You beautiful you, through the power of your victim voice, will help fill the void left by the loss of Maya Angelou who overcame her trauma induced silence to speak. How fortunate for us that she did.