TW: SEXUAL ASSAULT/HARASSMENT/ABUSE
I won’t go into vivid detail about all the times I have been sexually assaulted, harassed, objectified, sexualized, or degraded by men and women from the time I was a small child. I will say it happened and it happened to me so many times, in so many forms, sometimes I didn’t even recognize it as harassment or assault until I was old enough to understand.
I had been visiting my cousin last night and for some reason or another we had a really deep discussion about the things we’ve gone through. It was a really heavy conversation that left us both feeling really exposed and icky but it was a conversation we both really needed to have. When I woke up this morning and saw the #metoo hashtag trending, I felt like the universe was trying to give me a sign in some way. I rarely ever discuss what happened to me with anyone.
I was shaken to my core as I scrolled through my Facebook feed and saw a sea of women I love and respect posting: “me too”, “me too”, “me too”. It really put into perspective for me how many of us have experienced this and never told each other, or how many of us were silently carrying this burden and just trying to hold our heads high. I guess that was the whole concept of the hashtag. My heart is with all the women sharing this tag. I see you.