In my first year of my graduate degree, I encountered a doctor during a placement who took it upon himself to make daily inquiries into my sexual habits. When I initially spoke up about this, I was told that he must think I'm attractive and that I should "take this as a compliment". This situation wasn't handled properly until an older doctor, a father of three adult daughters got involved . I've encountered similar situations in my life, and I'm lucky that these were very mild.
As a therapist I'm privy to horror stories. Women and children who have been harassed, abused, and made to feel constantly afraid in their daily lives. Recently, I encountered a young man who had been raped but told me he was dreading telling me this because he feared I would "laugh at him". Its not enough to say we want to "end" sexual assault. We need to look at why society allows us to get there in the first place. We need to look critically at the opinions we have about specific people in society and why we dismiss certain people and allow the "jokes" of others.
For those people sharing a #metoo story, you are believed, respected , and valued. For those who read these stories and choose to silently relate , you are STILL believed, resoected, and valued. You don't have to go public for your story to be believed. 📷 by @genuinely_jules