I found an old and cherished book by Debbie Morris1 today that was recently returned to me. In it she tells how she was the actual girl from real life who was abducted and sexually assaulted in the Dead Man Walking movie. In the relating of her journey she makes some telling observations about processing trauma. Here are a few of them …

  • ‘It was easier to forgive him than to forgive God.’2
  • ‘If we say monsters are beyond forgiving we give them a power they should never have.’3
  • ‘Justice didn’t do a thing to heal me, forgiveness did.’4

1 Debbie Morris. Forgiving The Dead Man Walking. p.251 – Zondervan 1998

2Ibid p.188

3Ibid p.248

4Ibid p.251