…ellectually were wrong but had still somehow normalized to a large degree. I haven’t been raped but I’ve been inappropriately touched, given too many drinks by strangers, fondled by “friends,” been with guys I didn’t care about simply because it was “easier,” and otherwise assaulted — and so have most of the women I know! I remember too many times where it was just pushed aside in our minds as another Ugh, another guy t…
Me too. Me too. Me too! #metoo Sherry Kappel. I think so many women and girls go through this so frequently, even just nasty talk on the school bus. Children are so hyper-sexualized today. They have been conditioned to believe sexual assault is normal. It’s not. We are robbed of our innocence. We are presented with offers of unwanted sex, when our bodies and minds are not developed or prepared to fight off our offenders physically or deal with those attacks emotionally. We weren’t created to deal with such abuse. If we were so well-equipped to deal with such, we wouldn’t have PTSD years/decades later!
I’m sorry for all women, men, and children who are raped and not believed, who are inappropriately groped and/or touched without permission by classmates, close relatives, and parents, and I’m sorry for any victims who have never had the opportunity to tell their truths.
I hope that even in the midst of powerful, lying, perverted men and their alley bat ally women sticking together in their #itwasnotme @ididnothavesexwither moments, women are able to find their footing and their voices to respond forcefully against the hate they give us.
Thank you my sister for your love, and I’m sorry you have to live with the memories and trauma associated with sexual assaults and abuse.