“Beaten But Not Broken”

Along as women and girls are being butchered, strung up from trees, mutilated and persecuted, for as long as this genocide continues being a “nice girl” “shutting up” is not an option!

Vanessa Tedder

Three years ago Beaten But Not Broken was released. It was a traumatic and turbulent time not for any other reason except I was finally facing my own terrible truths and the fear of the person who inflicted it.

But all of these emotions I would come to later realise was nothing more than the simple yet profoundly painful process of rebirth.

Too often we are told to bury the past, get over it, move on, not to cry, not to grieve but let me let you in on a little secret ….. take your time to experience the textures of every emotion of whatever turmoil you are going through! weep all you want, mourn, grieve, rage and rejoice! It is critical to rebirth! Self respect and self love demands you honour yourself by feeling it all!

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Retract and apologize I was later told or I would be sued for speaking my truth! F off and die I thought as I read that letter (but my lawyer found a more eloquent way of putting my thoughts into words 😬) let’s go to court we said ! But a year since that letter of demand I have yet to even receive an acknowledgment of my response!
“You have put fear into that which you have feared.” The powerful words gifted to me by Dr Imtiaz Suliman.

I will always be looking over my shoulder that’s for sure…. That’s the reality of being a woman in this country!

That’s also the reality of being a woman whose chosen to break the silence! But for as long as women and girls are being butchered, strung up from trees, mutilated and persecuted, for as long as this genocide continues being a “nice girl” “shutting up” is not an option!May be an image of 3 people, people standing, people sitting and indoorRebirth can be excruciating but nothing liberating comes without pain! And when you come out on the other side you will know why things like truth, honesty and compassion are non negotiable and why you should never allow ANYONE to trespass on any of those things!

Beaten But Not Broken was never an act of bravery …. Women speaking out is not bravery!

It is our God given right! It’s just sometimes in the desire to be what others want you forget who you truly are!May be an image of 2 people and indoor

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