The Baby J Poem

When I was molested as a kid,
I thought it was because of something I did.
I felt scared and ashamed,
Like part of me would never be the same.

I was told to keep it a secret,
And that I would get in trouble if I didn’t keep it.
So I kept quiet.
Buried it.
Denied it.
I didn’t know what to do,
Or who to turn to.
I didn’t know,
That I could say “No!”

I’ve always hated my story regarding sexual abuse,
Until I realized that I could put it to good use.
Because sadly my story is not unique,
It’s more common than you think.
Children are being sexually abused every day,
And it’s not fucking okay.

Which is why I wrote, “Baby J Says NO!”
A book that teaches kids that they have a voice,
And more importantly, that they have a choice.
To stand up.
To speak up.
Because they are brave and strong,
And when someone breaks the touching rules, it is wrong,
They don’t have to play along.
They can get help from others,
A teacher, a neighbor or their Mother.

Baby J is here to let kids know,
They have the power to say “NO!”

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