My husband and I recently finished watching a Netflix docu drama – “The Keepers”. A powerful documentary about the unsolved murder of a young nun back in 1969 in Baltimore. It quickly turns into a drama as to a Catholic priest abusing his students in a Catholic school. It is a riveting docu – drama, and takes place in my home turf and my time and stirs up memories from my past that I really did not want stirred up.
Repressed memories? Yes, they are real.
At the same time Father Maskell was sexually abusing his students, I fell victim to being inappropriately touched by a highly respected minister in my church when I was 17. I blocked this memory for over 40 years, even agreeing to allow the perpetrator to officiate the marriage of my husband and I. It was not until my husband and I watched this series that I was able to fully reveal the details as to how I was abused.
Let sleeping dogs lie? NO! There has got to be a loud and clear message to those that may think about abuse or abuse – you are/ will be held responsible for your actions! You may not hide behind any cloaks, badges or titles.
I am tired of having been silent for so long and only pray that writing about this now may prevent abuse in the future.