“As a victim of child molestation, I have struggled to find my worth in my family, society and with God,” says author Iris Killens Cheeks. “As a poet and writer, I accepted the call to be a voice to and for those who attempt to find some value and beauty from such experiences.” Her new book, “I Sing the Blues and Cry: For the Little Girls of the World” (published by iUniverse), answers this call and gives a voice to other child molestation victims through her personal story of pain, acceptance and triumph.
“‘I Sing the Blues and Cry’ is written to recognize and affirm that the victims of child molestation are here, are not alone and can conquer the challenges of this life, together,” explains Cheeks.
“I Sing the Blues and Cry” is Cheek’s true account of her own molestation as a child through poetry, prose and conversation. Her writings explore the deep pains, confusions and revelations she faced as she went from victim to survivor to finally conqueror.
Throughout her book, Cheeks reveals herself to be a pillar of strength and courage. She promotes a sense of unity and hope among victims. She encourages them to speak out, share their own stories and connect with one another.
“I fight diligently and viciously for my peace,” Cheeks writes passionately. “I refuse to let what someone did to me as a child rob me of the rest of my life. I love living and I have too much of it to do, to accept defeat. I am so loved. God loves me and I love the heck out of me.”