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She Wasn't Allowed to Giggle Paperback – October 3, 2011
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About the Author
Lavinia Thompson is a journalism grad. She emerged from the dark depths of domestic violence and abuse from her childhood to find the light at the end of the tunnel to discovering her voice in writing. With that voice, she is dedicating her passion for writing into raising awareness for domestic violence. Her poetry book, “She Wasn’t Allowed to Giggle” released Sept. 28, 2011, is a collection of poetry and prose based on what she experienced as a child. She also has a dark fantasy novel called “Spellbound by Fire,” the first in a series, which also has the theme of preventing and stopping violence against women. “Spellbound by Fire” will be released Nov. 16, 2011 through Hellfire Publishing. Through her writing, Lavinia wants to spread the message domestic violence victims and survivors that there is hope, help and there will be a day when the words “never again” really mean, never again. She wants to be a part of making sure everyone sees that day.
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Thompson bravely tells of her journey through sexual abuse (at the hand of her mother's boyfriend). Even for someone like me, who has written and read a lot about the subject - a large portion of the book is very very confronting. But be brave and keep reading and see what this little girl had to go through. It's enough to shatter your heart. If that wasn't enough to deal with, then there was the domestic violence she witnessed against her mother and siblings.
The poetry is so strong and creates great visuals of what the author is trying to convey. There's a line in there that is just so poignant.......'Little girls shouldn't have to be warriors' and another saying that - even if words go up in smoke, she will still have her poetry.
It is very dark and very raw. At times it's not an easy read...but it is an essential read. I won't give spoilers but let's just say that the author's demons and traumas don't beat her in adult life, she finds love and she finds writing.
I sure hope there are more books to be published by this author and raise your price, your work is worthy. Wishing you the best.
After pouring over each page, I wanted to commend the author for discovering a means to deal with her pain and help others at the same time. I too reached that plateau, but not until I was in my forties. I am fairly confident that Thompson is well on her way to finding a better life for herself, now that she has found her voice.
I encourage anyone who has experienced abuse to check out this book; there is more to just sharing these stories, when they are validated, it helps give authors the strength they need to keep moving forward. It is way too easy to slip back into old patterns or indulge in self abuse when carrying such a burden within our soul.
Thank you Lavinia, for sharing your story; it is the story of many. The details may be different but the feelings and after-effects are the same. May your words bring courage to others, so that we all may feel the warmth of healing and love in our hearts; and the strength to continue encouraging other victims to find their voices and healing.
"She Wasn't Allowed to Giggle" was a very powerful story, about a young girls struggle with abuse, both mental, physical and sexual.
I've not had such severity as in the story, but I understand the feeling of not being able to write something down for fear of it being found and used against you.
I would write on facebook or tell my friends and he would find it use it against me. But, enough about me!
This was a great story for anyone who has ever been abused by friends, family, anyone in the world, it helps you to feel like you're not alone in the world. That other people go through the same thing everyday, some a little less, some much, much worse! She Wasn't Allowed to Giggle
I cannot think of words to adequately express how raw, how exposed, this piece of work is. If you have never experienced abuse, you will. If you have, you will wince in remembrance. But also, you will heal through this author's courageous telling of her story. The poetry is exquisite, the prose is eloquent. The book, itself, is heartbreaking.
The very best thing I can say about this book is that I have someone very close who needs to read it. In fact, it should be a staple in shelters for abused women all across the country. I'm hoping to find it in print.
Much gratitude to the author for sharing this very painful, very real, story. The Kindle version does include a linkable table of contents, which is extremely helpful.
This book isn't for everyone; some may find the content disturbing but I ask that you read with an open mind at this candid look into the mind of an abused child.