Award-winning poet, community organizer and actor/director Grace G. Baldisseri takes the role of comfort woman in the SAY IT (For Comfort Women) monologue.
Listen as she
speaks about the harrowing experiences of thousands of Filipino comfort women who were cursed, drugged, twisted, punched, sterilized and forced to sexual servitude by the Japanese Imperial Government during Worl War II.
The survivors of the wartime rape and sexual abuse have suffered emotional, psychological and sociological pain especially guilt and shame.
These survivors are now in their 80s and 90s and they were brave enough to tell all "before they are gone and their stories leave this world."
wrote the poem, Bruised Flower, as a fitiing tribute to women and girls who are survivors of all kinds of sexual violence.
said, " As I say every line in the monologue, I feel, hear, and smell violence in my heart and soul.