AS GOD IS MY WITNESS is Released
The poem "Silent Scream" found at the end of this novel is a poetic summation for Ann Haydon's As God is My Witness: Annie's Story. It is a poem that will make you cry. It is about a victim named Annie who was abused by her stepfather but stayed silent for so long, since trying to clear a path for herself out of that deep wounding and betrayal took time. Haydon's book is not a mere shout of pain or a trail of tears that she follows. Annie's story is poignant, yes, but it shows more-it shows victims and the general public how to get to the point where healing is possible:
"A victim needs to know that (he or she) is no longer that helpless little child. ... Once the victim remembers and relives the abuse, (he or she comes) to the realization that he or she was a child. The pain and shame become easier to deal with (then but)...anger...can take as much as a lifetime or may never be conquered. The victim will need to deal with issues of trust. If children tell...that they have been molested, believe them. Listen to the child and get them help."
Ann Haydon's fiction is something more in touch with the realities of real healing than most-the kind of healing that modern society has finally put up for its victims and is now a real support structure. The turnaround time for victims vary but for Annie it took maturity for her to able to handle the pain, when she finally found the will to let herself be healed. Her life until then had been a struggle for justice and it illustrates how kids like her have been neglected for so long by the system.
For victims, when the possibility of healing becomes real, the process of healing, no matter that it might be long, tedious and painful becomes more orderly-as patients who go to hospital for healing physical maladies are treated. Haydon knows how victims tread on a tenuous path. Ann Haydon believes in healing child abuse victims as soon as possible and As God is My Witness leads victims to access a more direct way to heal. Haydon will teach readers to be angry but to channel that anger into a positive mode, one that sums up her advocacy in helping victims of child abuse: