The truth and reality of my life is in the existence I live now, in this prison with this sentence. I won’t be ashamed of what was done to me in my life any more. I accept my faults, I’ve learned to wear my own shame, but I refuse to wear anyone else’s — and I give back to my abusers the shame that is theirs and theirs alone. What I have done, what was done to me, that will never silence me again.
Jacklin, Michael, ‘What I have done, what was done to me’: Confession and testimony in stolen life: Journey of a cree woman, Kunapipi, 29(1), 2007.