Tuesday, October 17, 2017

#Metoo or Hashtag Me too.

Lately, the hashtag #Metoo has been trending on the Internet. The first time I saw it, I knew it had to be associated with sexual harassment or sexual assault. Especially since the news broke about how Harvey Weinstein, celebrated film producer, was accused of multiple sexual harassment and assaults. I feel so badly for any women who has to endure sexual advances in the workplace, or any place for that matter. It seems like this Wienstein was a man of great power, who was also enabled by the silence of others. Certainly, the news about his alleged assaults was no surprise for many who knew for years about his gross behavior. Yet, for all those years, he got away with it. The silence of those who knew of his behavior is still deafening. Yes, I'm happy that many actresses are coming out with their stories of harassment and assault, but it took only a few brave women like, Rose McGowan and Asia Argento to finally speak out against this once powerful man. I don't blame the many women he took advantage of, for remaining silent. However, I do have a very low opinion for the many who knew of his actions, and yet kept silent for all these years. Sometimes ones silence can be looked at, as a form of complicity.

The fact that this is making news all over the world is a positive step in the right direction. We, as a society, should bring down all these sexual monsters, as well as their enablers! Many women suffer alone when it comes to sexual harassment and assault. It isn't easy to speak up, especially if you don't have the same platform as a famous actress. It also should be added that the #Metoo campaign isn't limited to women. We shouldn't forget all the men, women, and children that are all victims of sexual harassment/assault. We need to hear their voices, as well. Being a victim of sexual assault myself, I once had a choice to remain silent or speak up. I'm proud that I spoke up, but at the same time I'm sadden by the fact that I lost almost my entire family because I didn't want to remain silent. The old saying, "nothing worth doing, comes easily," rings truer than ever.

Below is a link to a video I made about my sexual assault. I hope it inspires more people to come forward and not to remain silent. Although, I understand if some people remain silent because it isn't easy speaking up. If you feel inclined, please share my video. I can't say that I'm completely over what happened to me, but I'm becoming stronger everyday.

If you have it in your heart to help me, please do. However, if you can't, I totally understand. I wouldn't want anyone helping me, if they weren't financially able. God Bless!

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