Last night we had the distinct pleasure and honor to be part of an audience of more than 1000 people to hear Dr. Maya Angelou speak. She did not disappoint. One clear and poignant moment was when she shared with us that she had been raped at the age of 7 by her uncle. Her uncle told her, “If you tell anyone I will kill your brother.” Maya’s brother was 9 at the time and her superstar, her love, her confident and best friend. She was scared. Her brother could tell something was wrong and persuaded her as 9 years old can to tell him what was bothering her. She did….she told and the uncle went to jail for one day. That’s right, just one day for taking the innocence of a beautiful 7 year old child.
When he was released from jail he was murdered. In Maya’s 7 year old mind she thought because she had used her voice and told, she had killed him. She went mute and stayed mute for a long period of time, convinced that the power of her voice had caused his death.
She found solace in poetry, she found comfort in words and finally decided to break her silence and use her voice again, to teach and help the voiceless. For us at KidSafe Foundation hearing her speak was awe inspiring, and gave strength and empowerment to our mission – giving a voice to the voiceless!
Her voice gave us something that I am not sure we can put into words. If our passion for keeping children safe was strong before, it has taken new life, new energy and a new found purpose. We at KidSafe Foundation urge you to join our cause. The strength in numbers is obvious – what one person can do is instrumental. Help us give children a voice. To find out more information about our cause and how you can help www.kidsafefoundation.org