Monster by Shuna Redden
I don’t wish harm on people, BUT to the guy who stole my innocence; I hope you know that I wake up at night screaming from the nightmares of what you did to me.
You monster! You thought it was OK to ignore me when “I TOLD YOU NO.” You thought it was OK to pin me down to a bed. I hope you get justice however it may come.
The courts aren’t listening to me, but you’ll get what’s coming to you. You’ll have to. It isn’t fair if you don’t. I don’t wish harm on people, BUT maybe you’re the one exception.
Through an innovative partnership with Kingdom Boxing and Youth Outreach, the stories in This Thing Called Life were collected from Writing for the Soul Workshop™ participants living in some of the most impoverished and violent neighborhoods in Arkansas and Texas. Using a trauma informed approach, our writing program helped the writers to get what was on the inside …out. For some of them like Shuna, it started the healing process as a result.
Shuna accessed our program in Marianna, Arkansas where she is a student. After writing her story, Shuna read it to all of us. When asked how it felt to share it, Shuna said, “It felt good to get it out.” You can read her story along with her peers in Life Inside The Ring. It is the first release in the This Thing Called Life series.
Life Inside The Ring by
Life doesn’t pull any punches. From your first breath to your last, there are no “time outs” or “practice runs”; life just goes, hit after hit. Although our children live in the best country in the world, generational poverty, single parent homes, addiction and violence impact one in every four children. One out of every 6 children will be impacted by at least three traumatic events in childhood, which we now know will have long-term mental and physical health impacts.
In the short-term, these tough environments mean shorter attention spans, behavioral issues, and “acting out” in an educational environment driven by “zero tolerance policies” that push our kids onto the ropes, and into a life on the streets or worse. We have to do better for our future. This Thing Called Life is the first release in the Life Inside The Ring series.
A portion of the proceeds from book sales goes to support Kingdom Boxing & Youth Outreach.
Color: Black & White on White paper
Page Count: 156 pages