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by Charity Fadun, Canada Jan 13, 2005
Human Rights   Poetry


Why we don’t speak out...
Because we are in shock,
Because we are confused,
Because we feel ashamed,
Because we feel at fault,
Because we are scared.

What will people think?
What will he do?
Will I be believed?
Have I been waiting too long?
What will happen?
Do I have to go to court?
Do I need to pay for a lawyer?
The fear of the unknown...

And then I do,
I find the strength, the courage.

“But why did you wait two years?” they ask.
I shrink deep into my chair as I try to explain,
The intimidating police officers, my denial, confusion, anxiety and fear.

They ask for my evidence and the only thing I can provide is the friend who drove me home and escorted him out of my apartment.
“But didn’t you go to the hospital?” they ask.
How can I begin to explain that when I got home all I could do was take a long shower and fall exhausted into bed.



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Charity Fadun

I've been writting for a long time and enjoy it a lot. I like to write poems (not usually the rhyming type), interviews, reviews, articles and memoires. University has given me a lot of opportunity to write research papers and other projects. I recently was guest editor for a neighbourhood newspaper. It was an awesome experience. I like to get feedback on my writting so do feel free.
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