I’m angry with myself.
Years back, I posted a page on my site with articles I had written about rape, as well as a link to a resources page I put together for a local crisis center. (The crisis center hasn’t updated the page in several years, unfortunately, so those resources are now out of date.)
Anyway, this was right about when my career as a writer started to take off. I revamped the web page to be more businesslike and focused on my writing. I left the resource page posted, but it was no longer linked from the main page. Looking back, I think I was getting all caught up in being a “professional.” I was worried that including rape resources would take away from my image.
Looking back, I want to smack myself. It’s the same sort of thing I’ve vented about: men not speaking out because it’s easier that way. Because we’re afraid of what people will think. Afraid of alienating potential readers, maybe. I don’t know. All I know is that in this particular instance, I chose silence, and I’m disappointed in myself for that choice.
I’ve updated the rape page on the new site, and I’ve put the link back in the menu bar. I’m working on adding more links and resources. (I’m open to suggestions if you have any.)
So, yeah. Disappointed and angry with myself. And grateful to the reader who indirectly kicked me in the pants to do better. Thank you — you know who you are.