I AM THE PRODUCT OF RAPE: A MEMOIR by Catherine Wyatt-Morley & Jalyon Welsh-Cole, Memoir, 194 pp., $15.95 (paperback)
Title: I AM THE PRODUCT OF RAPE – A MEMOIR
Authors: Catherine Wyatt-Morley and Jalyon Welsh-Cole
Publisher: Four Pillars Media Group
and incest that plagued four generations of her family, including
Wyatt-Morley’s birth in a filthy basement to her 12-year-old mother, who
was sexually abused by her step-father.“…In the process of writing this book, an extremely difficult journey
that has taken years, I was taken to unfamiliar destinations and
exposed to unfathomable pain,” Wyatt-Morley relates. “Part of that pain
was learning that I was created through the atrocities of incest by a
brutally manipulative monster and, while only moments old, (I was)
denied by a heartless grandmother who never bothered to look at me.”
Wyatt-Morley wrote I AM THE PRODUCT OF RAPE – A MEMOIR, she
says, “as my way of dealing with my personal healing. But through
conversations with many diverse women, I quickly began seeing I was not
alone. So many had never told anyone of the abuse that has happened to
them; yet they have a need to heal, to not feel isolated.”
Wyatt-Morley’s daughter, Jalyon Welsh-Cole, also suffered the
terrible legacy of her family when she was abused by her eldest brother.
She wrote the epilogue to I AM THE PRODUCT OF RAPE – A MEMOIR, an essay she called BURNING HOUSE, in response to the continued pattern of abuse that formed her familial legacy.
“Most of my family members who have learned of this are dealing with
it as well as one can,” Welsh-Cole says. “However, others are still in
disbelief and struggle to understand. For over two decades I kept this
heinous secret to myself. I have had time to bury it, cry over it, and
finally seek therapy and come to grips with it.”
Welsh-Cole’s mother’s story “made me feel as if our bloodline was
full of secrets and lies that I wanted to expose,” she continues. “I
knew after learning of my grandmother’s story that I wasn’t alone.
Today, I cannot allow this to continue to happen in our family.”
As dark and unrelenting as it is, the story told in I AM THE PRODUCT OF RAPE – A MEMOIR leads to a conclusion of overcoming tremendous odds, leaving readers riveted, inspired, and empowered.
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a 501(c)(3) nonprofit social service organization for the at-risk and
HIV-positive community. In 1994, Wyatt-Morley founded Women On Reasons
To Heal (W.O.R.T.H.), the first and what has become the oldest
HIV-positive women’s support group in Middle Tennessee.Wyatt-Morley has appeared in countless media outlets nationwide,
including SELF Magazine, the Today Show, A&U Magazine, POZ Magazine,
CNN, Voices of America, MSNBC, Talk America Radio, FX Radio, SiriusXM
Satellite Radio, the Palm Beach Post, the Indianapolis Indiana Recorder,
the Los Angeles Times, the Canadian Sun, Nashville Scene, and the
Tennessean.Jalyon Welsh-Cole has been director of Women On Maintaining Education and Nutrition,
a 501(c) (3) nonprofit social service organization, since 2010.
Welsh-Cole began writing when she was very young, starting with short
stories and poems. As a teen, she was inspired to draw, finding comfort
and creativity in her art. She joined forces with Wyatt-Morley to share
her story in I AM THE PRODUCT OF RAPE – A MEMOIR. Together, they also have created #HealingSecretHurts workshops, which bring the spectrum of traumatizing sexual assault into the light.
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