Girls should be able to honestly and clearly say yes or no and in too many situations, they aren't. Girls are taught to distrust themselves. Directly or indirectly, we teach our girls that they are weak, unstable, irrational, and inherently in the wrong. We instruct girls not to speak their truth.
They loaded Lana into a jeep, which would take her to a boat, up the river, to another jeep, and then to the hospital. As I watched them lift her into the car, terrified and in pain, the knot in my throat doubled - it threatened to push upward, pry open my mouth, and thrust into the universe all the anger and fear and grief I had brought with me to Costa Rica.