You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I’ll rise!
When she was just a child, Maya Angelou was sexually assaulted by her mother’s boyfriend and told her brother following the incident. After serving only 1 day in jail, her mothers’ boyfriend was murdered by one of her family members or, so it was alleged. Angelou blamed herself for the incident and decided not to speak a word for 5 years. She felt that just mentioning his name out loud caused his death.