It is an amazing book and Precious is an amazing girl to know. I read this book about 10 years ago and I can tell you Push is a novel you wont forget. In this book, Sapphire gives Precious a powerful voice and asks her to tell her own story of poverty, abuse, sexual assault, pregnancy, and utter isolation. This is a voice seldom heard and generally treated with much less love and care.
The film version is now winning awards and I was touched to hear this moment in Mo’Niques acceptance speech at the Golden Globes.
I celebrate this award with all the Preciouses with all the Marys.
I celebrate this award with every person that’s ever been touched.
It’s now time to tell.
And it’s okay.
The most recent government data indicates that for the year of 2007 approximately 5.8 million children were potentially subjected to abusive situations here in the United States. And what is more that 1 in 4 girls is sexually abused before the age of 18. But these are merely numbers to represent invisible and isolated lives. Only a novel like Push and a film like Precious can expose the humanity of a child victim, the pain, the hopes, and the day-to-day living that goes on for many many children despite growing up under inhumane conditions.
The silent fear, shame and isolation of abuse victims is broken open each time a novel or a movie or a public figure shares a story of surviving abuse and finding a way out. That’s why Mo’Niques final statement at the Golden Globes really touched my heart.