I looked away while the lads leered.
I looked away because she is someone else’s daughter.
I looked away because my sons can see her.
I looked away because there are too many lying pictures in my memory already.
I should have said something. I tell girls that they are valued for who they are.
I should have said something. I oppose slavery.
I should have said something. Abuse is so tough and time consuming to unravel.
I should have said something. These vines strangle real relationships.
But I just looked away and then it was too late.
Looking away is not the whole point.
Next time I will speak out.