One of his most heartrending characters is Lavinia, daughter of Titus Andronicus who is raped, her hands and tongue cut off so she cannot reveal what has happened. It’s a horrific and profound physicalization of the shame and private suffering that many victims of sexual assault go through.
And yet, she persisted. She finds a way, scratching into the dirt the names of her attackers, holding a stick in her mouth. Her father – perhaps mad, perhaps just mad – bakes her attackers into a pie, which he serves to their mother.
This April 23, I will join Ramona Rose and hundreds of others, walking to raise awareness and funds for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. I will walk with Lavinia in my mind, as well as the many people I know – and those I don’t – who’s lives have been changed by sexual violence. Those who have found a voice, those who's voice was ignored, and those who haven't yet found the stick that will help them speak.
I hope you will consider joining us, or lending your $upport. My goal is to raise $300, and you can donate here.