#metoo, be the change, Empowerment, it's not ok, movement, sexual abuse, Sexual Assault, sexual harassment, strength
I have hesitated to #metoo for various reasons.
– How many times do I have to tell my stories? It is not enjoyable to constantly have to rehash in an attempt to make people care.
– I heard the debate about it early on and didn’t want to be judged. But, I also don’t want to be judged for not joining in.
– The anxiety of whether to post, or not, pisses me off. First of all, I shouldn’t have to worry about it because these things should never have happened to me. They should never happen to anyone.
Secondly, it saddens me that this is still such a problem.
Thirdly, it brings up feelings towards men that are unfair. I know that there are great men out there. I have them as friends and in my family.
Fourthly, it feels so empty compared to the trauma, the pain and the shame that every single #metoo event has had in my life.
And finally, I questioned the validity of the movement because it seemed to me that it would only be affective if every one who had suffered sexual assault actually joined in. And that’s when it hit me…