🚨 T/W: Sexual Assault
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to talk about it, because it revolves around politics for the most part, but I wanted to speak on the movement I see from it. As an advocate against domestic violence and abuse, it would be disappointing of me to not speak on it 😢
The hashtag #WhyIDidntReport is something I’ve been looking into and it honestly breaks my heart. But I also understand.
When I was 7, I was molested by a family friend. It happened almost everyday for about two years until I told my mom about it. I don’t remember why I didn’t tell her, we had such an amazing open door policy with her. But, all I remember was how worried I was of getting in trouble.
Unfortunately, that’s not the end to the story, but I share this bit of my life with you because it’s so much harder to blame a child for the heinous deeds of another.
Abuse is real, it’s everywhere, and it doesn’t discriminate. Please provide a safe space for anyone to come forward. Listen, ask them how you can help. Overall, just being there and providing moral support is more than most of us receive. Start talking about it. Educate anyone you can. Talk about consent. Talk about healthy relationships. Start talking.
My 9 year old self received justice for that wrong, but not many people get that.
If you’re a silent victim, or a victim that was silenced, I’m so sorry our society failed you. Your pain is valid. You’re valid. I believe you ❤️
Please, feel free to reach out to me for support. I love you so much, take care and be safe. 🌿🕊