Take this in: rape culture exists because we as people like to think that it does not.
Every time I share my story, I feel lighter. Its almost as if it has less power over me as the listener walks away, carrying with them some of my words.
Sexual assault is highly stigmatized and rarely discussed, as evidenced by the thousands of people who, since the inception of the #MeToo hashtag, bravely shared their sexual abuse, assault, and harassment stories for the first time.
Because one in six American women will be victims of rape in their lifetime. Because it happens to men too.
Sexual violence is less of a women’s issue than we thought.
In todays day and age, you are forced to to relive your experience through the media and are still expected to heal.
This issue goes beyond celebrities, beyond social media, and beyond the trends which may or may not reach out to everyone.
A girlfriend interviews her boyfriend about being in love with a survivor of child sexual abuse and all the messy, sexy, crazy and intimate experiences that come along with it.
You don’t mess with Princess Leia.
When a stranger who knows nothing about you feels like he has a right to you- that he’s entitled to you and you are nothing but there for his gain – that’s assault.