#MeToo - Sexual Abuse and Assault. First time, ages 2-4 (memory on how long it went on is hazy). And again at 13 and again at 14. By my stepdads (2 different ones) and a brother of a girl I knew in high school. From cuts to bruises to learning how to make myself throw up to stop him, it took a call from my grandfather to get social services to take us out of the situation and for a while, away from my mom who couldn’t seem to leave. The second stepfather I reported to the church where he was leading bible study and they did nothing. And the things he did were unspeakable.
I’ve been sexually harassed as a grownup more times than I can count - it’s horrifying - but now I know that I won’t put up with it. Took a long time to realize my power as a woman - as a human being. May every girl and woman and boy and man who have been assaulted or harassed finally know they don’t have to put up with it. You are strong and you are worth more than someone else’s vile behavior.
Monsters exist and it’s high time we treat this like we treat murder. It’s the murder of innocence and it shouldn’t be treated as cavalier. You don’t get to “get off on good behavior” because you didn’t have any in the first place. This issue with Weinstein has done more than raise awareness - it’s starting a movement and it’s about damn time. #YouMatter @metooig #strength #love #allies #together #one #youarenotalone