I need some help with a sensitive issue that I know some of you have dealt with.
I can't give you too many details yet, but I'm co-authoring a novel for older teens and twenty-somethings in which a character struggles with "cutting." I want to create a realistic picture of that struggle in a way that can help young women who are either in that very hard place or who know someone who is and feels at a loss to help.
If you have experience with cutting in any way and it isn't too painful for you to talk about it, I would be honored to have your help.
Here's how that can work:
(1) email me privately (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we'll set up how we're going to communicate (email, phone, Skype, etc.)
(2) I will keep all information strictly confidential and neither your name nor any recognizable details will be used (this is fiction)
(3) If you share any information with me in writing, I will destroy it as soon as I have used it. No one else has access to my email account.
(4) My only caveat is that if you are still actively involved in cutting and are not receiving help, I have a responsibility to notify a parent. Otherwise, everything will be kept strictly between you and me.
This is a difficult request to make because I don't want you to feel as if I'm "using" you. But I know from how bravely you have shared your experiences here on the blog that you truly do want to help other young women in the dark places they find themselves in. And I think you know me well enough to know that I would never take advantage of my relationship with you.
Okay . . . enough about that.
I'm SO looking forward to this weekend with you! If you haven't read the final challenge in yesterday's post, please do that. I'll be posting again before Friday.