|Recently, I spent the afternoon with some beautiful souls—young women who shared their life history with me. I've seen what a broken system can destroy. But it's almost always been on the other side of the world, slightly abstract. Rarely has it been easy to relate to someone's story as possibly your own. But this was different. These were local young women that methodically and personally walked me through their lives from their earliest memories. Describing how their lives were shattered through sexual abuse at an age when most of us were learning to tie our shoes. How do you say, "Life is what you make it" to those young women and the thousands of women (and men) like them? You don't.
But here's what you do: listen.
My latest song, Silence Broken, was written after meeting these young women. Because I know that we are only as free as the most bound among us. And as long as voices are silent, we will never know where we are as a species on this planet. We will never know how truly evolved we are—assuming that we're defining evolution as greater acceptance, understanding and love of our fellow human.
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