Silent Beauty

An autobiographical exploration of my family's history with child sexual abuse and a culture of silence

the story


The birth of my beautiful niece Amelia served as the catalyst for disclosing sexual abuse I experienced as a child. Sometime before her first birthday, I saw a photo of her next to my grandfather. That was the moment I decided that Amelia would know strength, truth and beauty.


Special thanks to Elizabeth Slater, Shea Spampneto, Amanda Tonkovich, Stephanie M. Peña and Rebecca Pham for guiding me through the process of understanding trauma, loss, and my experience. Thanks to Detective Knore for encouraging me to believe in my truth.