You are not alone. Together we can de-stigmatize speaking out about our experiences with sexual harassment, assault, and more.
My Story of Silence
For a very long time, I've been afraid to put my face to my story. I tell others from behind the screen what terror I went through, but to reveal myself and make it public... It was unthinkable, not until other very brave and strong women spoke up. Their battle cries are still heard ringing in my ears, and I can't help but to think where I'd be without the love and support of those around me.
Lena Dunham: Think Before You Speak
According to New York Daily News, on August 4, #LenaDunham tweeted things that women do and do not lie about in an effort to join the burgeoning conversation regarding sexual assault at the time.
Dealing with Being Raped and Molested
Some people find themselves asking what exactly is rape and molestation? Aren't they the same thing? Well, from someone who personally experienced both, I can personally say, no, they are not. They may have some similarities, but they are two totally different things. Rape is another term for sexual assault and is usually done by a man to a woman, but some women rape men, too. Statics show that one in five women and one in seventy-one men are raped at least once in their lives. Molestation is also sexual assault, but it can also be abuse of a person towards women and most of all children. Statistics show that every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. And every eight minutes, that victim is a child. I am a rape and molestation survivor and this is my story.
Learning the Words
It’s like when you’re little, and you peek around the corner of the hallway into the living room where daddy is standing in front of mommy, and she’s on the couch not saying anything except “I’m sorry” while he yells and she cries and it’s normal.
#MeToo I have been hurt; abused mentally, physically, and verbally. I have been beaten, felt alone, and told nobody. I am a fighter, a survivor. But I think it is time someone hears a story.
The Question "Why Now?" Is Code for Victim-Blaming
I hate commenting on news articles posted by news outlets on Facebook. The comment section is such a perilous and dark place that it depresses me most of the time. However, with the Weinstein-Spacey-Moore et al scandal breaking out and dominating my Facebook feed, I find myself not only being saddened by some of the reactions but disappointed about one question that keeps popping up, a question that is not innocent but rather accusatory in nature: why now?
It wasn't my fault. I don’t care what the lawyers say. Sometimes things happen that are not our fault. I was standing there waiting for the bus like I do everyday. It was cold that day, the first day of spring break. I had on a sweater, some jeans and boots that all the girls wear, not misleading or provocative in any way. I’d just missed the bus and it wasn't coming again for half an hour.
Anger cannot be silenced. Even if the words aren't spoken, anger will bubble up and excrete its toxic ooze of existence in our actions, our demeanor, our very being. With the onslaught of sexual assault and harassment accusations coming to light throughout our entertainment and political spectrum, it's both an enlightening and a burden on sexual assault survivors/victims. I am a victim, I don't know if I can ever be a survivor.
Oh, My... George Takei, 'Star Trek' Star, Latest Hit With Sexual Assault Allegations
My heart hurt a little when I saw the item on Google Trends this morning. There, sitting at #14 on Google Trends, were three terms I had hoped I wouldn't see: "George Takei, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, groping."
She brings her hand to her mouth to muffle her scream. She hears his footsteps pierce the silence of the warm summer night. She hears him pause to slip his shoes off half way down the hall. She hears his sock covered feet shuffle along the wood floor, knowing when he passes her brother’s door, then her sister’s door. Her brother and sister are never bothered because they are his. She is not. She belongs to her mother. She belongs to another man, a man who had left long ago and never returned. She had never cared. She knew he was never coming back.
Why #MeToo Isn’t for All Abuse Survivors
In case you’ve been walking around with your eyes shut to the internet, MeToo is a hashtag for those who have suffered sexual abuse to make the world aware of how common the problem is. So far there’s been an overwhelming response.
The Strange Career of Jill Crow — Part 3
The entertainment industry is run on insecurity. Even at the highest echelons, moguls live by their latest box office receipts and the satisfaction of shareholders and board members.