School/Facility: Salt Lake Observation and Assessment Center
Teaching Artist: Bonnie Shaw
She walks down the hall at school
Hears: Slut, Skank, Whore, Tramp, Worthless White Trash
Those names that hurt more
Than the abuse she gets at home when
She hears: You’re not good enough, You’ll never be good enough.
She gets backhanded: You are a mistake.
But she doesn’t cry because she knows:
Words will never hurt you.
Sticks and stones.
She walks down
the hallway at school,
everyone stops, stares.
She starts to cry.
The silence hurts more.
When she hears: Slut, Skank, Whore, Tramp,
She becomes a stone and
A slut, a skank, a whore, a tramp.
So she wears that too-short skirt,
that show-too-much-chest shirt,
those bit-too-high heals,
the too-much make-up,
She wears the too-tough face,
She becomes good enough
for the guys, good enough
Good enough to prove her family wrong
– and right.
Then — Who is that girl?
She is the girl
who lost the respect
of her family,
who didn’t have the courage
to be different,
who couldn’t stand up for herself,
who couldn’t stand not to be in the spotlight.
Now – Who is that girl?
She is the girl who found her way,
remembered her name,
who dug herself out of that hole,
remembered she is not a stone
or a slut,
who learned how to be herself again.