Yes I Am

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Words were screamed across the room

A man was beaten, battered, and tried

Everything comes to a halt

It all comes down to this; who lied?

 

I watch from the safety of my own home

Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard,

The trial that is being seen across the world

 

The comfortability and safety of my own life

Sits in the back of mind, rarely coming out to play

For others, their safety is dangling off a tightrope,

A finger away from falling into the depths

 

One in four women

One in nine men

10 million suffer

10 million too much

 

After a marriage full of hate, fear, and humiliation

Witnesses are brought to tell the truth as

Everything comes to a halt

It all comes down to this; who lied?

 

Interruption, objection, hearsay

Years of being silent,

Depp is silenced once again

But now is the time to tell his story

 

Seeing toxicity since childhood left him bruised

The shadows of trauma followed him to his adulthood,

He didn’t have a voice then, but he has one now

In horror I listen to the audio clip playing at the end of testimony

 

“Tell them Johnny Depp, I, Johnny Depp, a man, 

I’m a victim too of domestic violence”

What did he say?

“Yes I am.”

 

Written by Jessica Mananquil | Photo by Georgy Rudakov, Unsplash

Jessica Mananquil is a Journalism major at Sierra College. She plans on transferring to San Francisco State University to pursue her interest in news and feature writing for fall 2022.

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