Lavinia is a character in the morbid Shakespeare play Titus Andronicus (obv. set in Roman times) who is raped, and to prevent her from notifying authorities of her assailants, they cut off her tongue and hands.
She was given a broomstick to write the assailants' names in sand.
Heck, that wasn't even real; Stephen Hawking talks mostly with eye movements.
There is always a way for someone to talk.
"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it."