As I read on, I was brought to tears by those who reached out to help this young girl. I can relate to so much of what she feels and thinks. I have experienced pieces of her story.
Reject before being rejected. Keep secrets. Trust no one. Suspect everyone.
My heartbeat quickened and I read faster as she found her inner strength and determination to rise above her situation and make a life for herself. She knew they were wrong and she was not! She began to trust. As I read her story, I vividly remembered sitting in counselors' offices, having the occasional person speak a word of encouragement and assistance into my ear. I knew exactly what she was feeling.
That's how it works when two or more survivors gather. We know. We can lift each other up and take steps forward into a better life.
This book is a perfect illustration of the ugliness of so many forms of child abuse and systemic failures. It is also a beautiful portrait of the support that can be found among like-minded survivors, and the incredible capacity the human spirit has for surviving and thriving. Precious is a gut-wrenching book that is loaded with memory triggers and may be not be a good read for you right now. But I believe there's a little bit of Precious (the young woman) in every survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Kudos to the author for writing so honestly about the realities of child abuse. And kudos to you for being here. For taking the steps needed to reclaim your life! You are a survivor. A precious survivor.