James Rhodes, on the importance of bearing witness

How do we write about sensitive subjects like these? They say writing is catharsis, but how can one overcome sexual abuse, assault, or mental illness if some things simply ‘cannot’ be said? I am pleased this man won the right to release his memoir without having to gag himself. It’s one of our basic freedoms. It is this pandering around possibly hurting people’s feelings that result in big things being undone, important things being unsaid.

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“It’s important to bear witness, but also it’s important to give a message that bad things happen and we don’t lie about it, we don’t hide it, we don’t pretend it hasn’t happened, we don’t do everything we can to remove every piece of evidence that it happened, to erase the past.”

This is from an interview regarding his legal battle to publish a memoir in which he discusses his experience of being sexually abused as a child

But, he says, it’s also “a book about music. It’s a love story, it’s a book to Hattie, my wife, who’s the greatest thing ever. It’s a book about my son, about composers, about the extraordinary lives that these composers and musicians lead, it’s about all the things that are important to me. I don’t ever want this to be ‘the guy who was abused as a kid’, any more than I…

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