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posted Feb 2, 2012, 4:37 PM by Susannah Francis   [ updated Feb 2, 2012, 4:37 PM ]
By Zachary Francis

In February of last year, I was told by Karen DeLoach that I was going to write a screenplay. Being a playwright whose only credit to film is some rudimentary work in college, I thought the idea of writing a full-length feature to be laughable. But when God revealed the topic, He gradually changed my heart. The topic of cutting opens up some very interesting questions. Why do people cut? What is the background of someone who cuts? When I was a kid and young adult, I used to punch myself in the face. Does this have the same derivation as someone who is involved in self-injury? And most importantly, what is the spiritual element missing that causes these people to participate in self-harm?

Being a rebel by nature, I always love talking about things that others seem to ignore. I do this because I believe in starting conversation. It is conversation that formed the road which ended slavery, conversation that created awareness to the damaging nature of drug use, and it is the same conversation that will expose the dark truth that lies behind self-harm. Personally, I am excited to explore this subject and see what God has to say about it. I am currently doing intensive research on sexual abuse which seems to be a commonality among many who cut themselves. I ask you to stay tuned and enjoy the thoughts about self-harm, cutting in particular, which I will begin to share on this blog.