THIS assumption that a young woman would tell her parents that she was sexually assaulted at a party is EXACTLY why we are having the #metoo movement. I believe that we have all witnessed sexual harassment in our lifetimes and because we have all been conditioned to use excuses like “boys will be boys”, we learned to excuse this horrible behavior. I know this is true because I was sexually assaulted and harassed countless times in my life. And I never said anything. Never. Not to my friends, family, therapists - anybody. And I wonder if these men who assaulted me and the men who helped and the men who watched ever stop and think about what would happen if they ran for office? Oh and not to mention the women who witnessed the attacks and then spread rumors about me afterwards. I wonder who remembers that when I walked past, the boys would “cough” HEAD. Surely those people who participated must remember? How I couldn’t walk home alone after dark without being jumped by certain “boys” in the neighborhood and groped, fondled and fingered. Remember when I was passed around the back seat of a guy’s car on the ride home from a Ted Nugent concert at the New Haven coliseum? How about the time the guys dragged me into the back of a neighbor’s basement and wrote all over my breasts, thighs and buttocks with a sharpie? Oh and don’t forget the time they roofied my drink, raped me and took Polaroid pictures of me naked and unconscious on a couch? And let’s just put this into context here - these incidences all occurred my freshmen year of high school. I was 14 years old. And it was only the beginning. I’m sharing this to help wake up any doubters who believe this behavior rarely occurs or that people will speak up when it happens. But guess what? When it happens, they don’t speak up out of fear of repercussions - the type that occur each and every time a woman does actually speak up. We need to stop doubting, start believing and most importantly start the conversation that non-consensual touch is NEVER okay. #rantisnotover#womenempowerment#neveragain#notmypresident#notokay#timesup#dearsisters#wearenotgoingaway#boyswillbeboys
I can't escape them, tell me how to defeat them, I know you can't see or hear me, but find me and See, with a few nuts and bolts I'll be free. Push them through my eyes and ears, strip me of my senses, fix me, break me, it's all the same, I'll fix my messed up head for you, ill become your perfect little porcaline doll. Change my soul for a remote control, I'll finally fly while your left with an empty casket of a body covered in the dirt you left for me.
It will die, I'll be free
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