Analysis Of Halsey's Speech

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“Be a voice for all those who have prisoner tongues.” This is an excerpt from the powerful speech Halsey delivered at the New York 2018 Women’s March. Since 2016, women have gathered in multitudes telling their stories of sexual abuse. Yet, there are still people who question the reality of these victims’ stories. Halsey paints the truth for those skeptics, but not in pretty paint. She paints the disgusting truth in blood. Halsey starts her speech, with a story of her friend Sam. She describes the setting of a Planned Parenthood waiting room. Sam and Halsey were waiting for a pregnancy test, because Sam was raped by a man who worked in the after school program. Sam is hoping she doesn’t need an abortion because she couldn’t afford it, and then her parents would be angry. Halsey’s voice delivering these lines, was slow and deliberate. She sounded heartbroken as she told this first story. She didn’t want to have to watch her friend suffer. Halsey continues her poem with the her own story of sexual assault. Back in 2002, she was raped by her Mom’s friend, Sue’s, son. He offered to teach her guitar if “she just kept quiet.” Halsey’s voice is almost a whisper as she says those four words, but the power behind the words was loud. Her voice gains momentum when she delivers the line, “and the stairwell besides apartment 1245 will haunt me in my sleep long as I am alive, and I’m too young to know why it aches in my thighs.” The impact of those words sent shivers up the audience’s
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