I know you’ve seen the headlines about the case of the Stanford University swimmer who violently attacked a woman and raped her and then was only sentenced to six months in county jail (plus probation and a lifetime on the sexual offender database). Maybe you’ve read details about the case, or read the victim’s powerful emotional statement. Maybe you’ve noticed that every time the story is in the news the photo attached to the story is of the accused wearing a respectable collared-shirt and suit, and not his official mug shot. Stories also mention his accomplished swimming times and Olympic hopefulness. In the media he was coddled because of his potential.
Even his father’s statement to the sentencing judge said, “His life will never be the one that he dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve. That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life.” Their denial disgusts me. The victim’s life will never be the same either.
The victim has somehow managed to remain anonymous as she has been put through the public hell of a court trail. I can only hope that she will be able to maintain the dignity of privacy on her healing journey.
If you know someone who is suffering from the emotional and physical pain of sexual abuse, The Blooming of the Lotus is a beautiful book written by an author who understands. Robin Lynn Brooks is an incest survivor.
She is a published poet and playwright, and her art has traveled nationwide. She has a Masters in Sculpture from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Her last body of work, entitled Earth Mothers, is a grouping of life-size and larger women made of earth. She is also a book designer.
Robin is working on a book about her earth sculptures and how her relationship with nature helped her to heal. She is also writing a follow-up book to The Blooming of the Lotus. A collection of essays about daily life after healing, it is called Learning to Live the Lotus.
The earth is vital to Robin, as are the elements of nature. She lives in western Massachusetts on an old farm that borders the state forest. It was here that she found her first mothering — in the earth. The white pines behind her house shelter her. The Lake in the woods is her temple. This was the place of nurturance that gave her the support to heal and to create this book.
Robin is currently available for speaking engagements including readings, keynotes, lectures, and workshops. Please visit www.bloomingofthelotus.com for more information.
You can also connect with Robin via her Facebook page.
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