When I first read this blogpost, the writer's courage blew me away. Yes, it takes a LOT of courage to be open about physical and psychological trauma suffered at the hands of a friend. Most people would want to hide away and not talk about it. The blogger, Laura, shares her story not only to reveal her trauma, but also to describe the amazing compassion of strangers that she encountered.
Glastonbury Festival in the UK is a performing arts festival that occurs every year in June. Laura had made plans with friends to go, but one of those friends proved to not be a trustworthy and respectful friend (which is an understatement). As a result, Laura faced the possibility of not being able to go to Glastonbury. But she did a courageous thing: she wrote to the Festival and described her dilemma. The Glastonbury Festival responded with such amazing understanding and compassion, they showed that loving kindness and caring are truly out there in the world for all to see. They protected Laura when she could not count on her "friends" to do so.
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Bravo, Laura, for standing tall and being a survivor! And bravo to the Glastonbury Festival who hire such compassionate, protective, and supportive people to take care of their audience. For the complete story, please read Laura's blog post: "An Open Letter to Glastonbury, from a victim."