Are you OK? are three little words Sabrina longs to hear. Instead, her family has chosen to deal with Sabrina’s traumatic experience by not talking about it at all. And the silence is deafening.
In the intimate, candid story, Hidden: Her Truth Her Pain, author Shun Jamerson Tomlin introduces readers to Sabrina, a character who, as a pre-teen, was victimized by a close family friend. Her family knows the details but refuses to speak of the traumatic incident. Perhaps by not acknowledging that it happened, they can erase it from history. But does Sabrina feel “erased” in the process?
Hidden takes an honest, unvarnished look at the emotional toll that unresolved trauma can have on a child, often opening doors to places no one wants to go—depression, low self-esteem, suicidal tendencies—and explores family secrets that are hidden in the walls of far too many homes. Sabrina hides behind a smile on her face; all the while she is dying on the inside, and, absent a proper support system, she relives her trauma over and over.
“It is time to break the generational stigma of ‘what happens in the house stays in the house,’” Tomlin says. “Youths who suffer in silence will ultimately become adults who suffer in silence.”
With Hidden, Tomlin hopes to ignite open and healthy dialogue surrounding childhood trauma and to encourage those who have experienced trauma to find their voices and speak up.
“In order to heal, you must reveal what is hidden,” she says.
Author Shun Jamerson Tomlin is a Certified Marriage Coach and entrepreneur who has worked and volunteered in education for over 20 years. She aspires to work with teens alongside their parents in hopes of bridging the communication gap. Through her life experience, she shares her testimony on how God can repair a broken marriage foundation if you are willing to do the work. Tomlin’s desires are to impact many lives in a positive manner, to give hope, and to plant seeds of growth with positive change. She is also a minister, a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Her movement, #helpherhealher, aims to help other women heal from unresolved trauma.
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