This individual post gets its very own Trigger Warning. I have been processing this for the last day, and I think it possibly contains every possible trigger known to human kind: death threats, sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, loss of a child, and much more. This is a very honest, personal exposé and a petition.
“I take my thumbs and use them to push in your eyes and cave in your Goddamn skull and watch you die. […] daddy’s perfect little whore [. . .] shut the fuck up before you get hurt. If these words scare you, wait until you see them in action bitch.”
And then being told by the your state’s authority over safety in your workplace, “they could not help […].”
The Governor of GA: Please give Mrs. Honea and Her Students Justice! It is a very long petition, but it is compelling.
I know Kathy Honea; we first met during my second study abroad. Kathy and I were in the same group, studying Travel Writing. Our connection continued when we returned to campus the following Fall. She was a co-editor of the student literary magazine, and I took the helm when she graduated the following Spring. We were leaders in honor societies; highly involved, top-level students with a drive for knowledge and leadership. Kathy had, and has, a level of motivation that is unparalleled.
This isn’t Kathy’s finest writing (I’m sorry Kathy…go with me here) and that makes it perfect. The fractured, rambling memories serve to strengthen her point. I have read some of her outlined, organized short-stories which present real memories in a fictional frame to draw the reader to the conclusion. Also compelling, but this is so honest, so true, and so matter-of-fact, I felt compelled to the ending because of the frank presentation of a shattered life unbroken.
We have stayed connected over the years, offering support as we both battle bad exs bent on abuse. Reading this petition ripped my heart out. I was so pained my heart reached 10K bpm.
I sent Kathy a message and asked her if it would be better if I waited to sign until I had a GA address. She said, “I am going outside of Georgia . . . I am letting the world know and am asking for a complete investigation. I have the EEOC investigating some of the claims, so that is just a fraction of how big this will be. Thank you for your support! I knew you would not fear speaking out.”
I do not fear speaking out. I’ve signed the petition. I X’d out of the other petitions offered immediately after signing, and I’ll unsubscribe from future emails as soon as the first one after the signature confirmation arrives.
I support Mrs. Honea. Her students support her. I invite you to as well.