NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Local News

March 24, 2011

Ex-board member recounts sexual assaults

(Continued)

Speaking publicly about her experience is a step in her healing process, Conner said.

"I wanted to speak for the people who can't speak — to send a message that it's never too late to get help; it's never to late to speak out — and I want my daughters to be proud of me."

As is evident from the poem she chose to close her comments with last Tuesday, she also wanted to make it clear to her abuser that although he may have dominated her life on and off the court when she was younger, by breaking her silence, ultimately the victory match goes to Conner.

The poem, entitled "I Just Want Him To Know," is also the tentative title of a book she is writing about her experience.

I Just Want Him To Know

I have found help when I never had help before.

I have always been alone.

I don't have to be alone anymore.

I want him to know what he did to me.

He told me I could never tell.

But this year I told.

I have help now.

I can be free to be me.

I want him to know.

I want him to know I told my secret.

I just want him to know what he did to me.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

Port Pics
AP Video
Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground
Special Features