The thing about abuse is that WE ONLY HEAR THE STORIES THAT ARE TOLD. Think about that.
I'm sharing my story (albeit the cliff notes version) in hopes that it may help someone else... _
I was first sexually assaulted by my boss when I was 16 and again by my Dr a few years later. Both times were without any warning. These were life changing events for me and eventually made me into the stronger person that I am today. However, at the time, I was extremely shy, naive and embarrassed. I decided to speak up and press charges though because of something a cop told me... he said that there most likely weren't any warning signs because he was so confident in his actions; indicating he had done it and gotten away with it before. Sure enough, there turned out to be a history of girls leaving after only a few months, many of which came forward once I pressed charges. I decided to be the voice that would speak out and stand up - for myself & for the others that were unable to & to do everything possible prevent it from happening to anyone else again. I did that and will continue to do so whenever I see someone being mistreated, in ANY way.
I chose this image because abuse comes in many forms - and should not be tolerated in ANY form - regardless of gender, color, religion, age, etc. -
❤️ I don't have to know you to care about you ❤️ Please, if you're able to find your voice, speak up... it may save someone, including yourself. #metoo
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