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“Your Song”

April 22, 2014
by Jane Whitmore , Emmetsburg News

We received the poem "Your Song" from Jennifer Schiltz, Sexual Abuse Counselor with CAASA, Palo Alto/Clay/Dickinson/Emmet counties. She asked that we print the poem, noting that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

To better understand, I searched SAAM on the internet. Here is some of what I gleaned:

The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.

SAAM is the month dedicated to making a concerted effort to raise awareness about and prevent sexual violence through special events. Since the first national observation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in 2001, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) has provided resources to help individuals and organizations plan SAAM activities in their communities during April and throughout the year, raising awareness about sexual violence and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent it.

CAASA is Center Against Abuse and Sexual Assault. Counselors play an active role in assist residents of Palo Alto, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet counties. It's not an easy road, but there is always hope to get better and stronger. Sexual abuse is not a popular topic, so we commend those who endured and emerged courageous enough to fight the fight. You encourage you throughout SAAM and always.

Your Song

Forgiveness takes time

And I'm not saying that it's easy

Day by day

Things will get breezy

But hold on to that hope

You have it in you

And use it to cope

Things will change

Up and down

And all around

Better then worse

Hold on tight

No need to curse

Wait for that light

Flickering on and off

Getting brighter every day

You're a fighter

You deserve this in every way

You are so strong

Enough to move along

To hold your head high

Hands to the sky

And sing your song

That you've been waiting to sing

All along

Written by a Sexual Abuse Survivor

Submitted by CAASA



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