Angela Kelsey

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Dora McQuaid, Audre Lorde, and National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Filed in Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, voices :: October 1, 2009

I discovered Dora McQuaid while Googling for information on doing writing workshops for women in shelters.

McQuaid is a poet and activist.  Here is an interview from 2004.  McQuaid quotes Audre Lorde, another  poet/activist whom I read many years ago and had forgotten (but am very happy to remember).

 From the essay McQuaid cites, "The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action," Audre Lorde:

"I have come to believe over and over again that what is
most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk
of having it bruised or misunderstood. That the speaking profits me, beyond any
other effect."

"Your silence will not protect you."

Our silence promises protection, but only gives permission to violence.