Raising a middle finger to all of the Harvey Weinstein types. I will tell you off before I let you off.
I have suffered sexual, mental, and physical abuse at the hands of males from the time I was 6 years of age, until last year. From family members to strangers who ranged from age 8 to 58.
I have dealt with guys who felt no remorse in taking what they wanted from me without my consent or enjoyment.
Guys who use physical, condescending touching with the intent of trying to convince me I am being “emotional” and need to “calm down.”
And I spoke up every time.
Sometimes I had to fight my way free. Fist fights, wrestling to the ground, blood drawn, bruises, swelling.
One time I ended up in court, followed by 8 months of living in foster care. And the husband of the first family I stayed with tried molesting me. I was 13.
Other times, I used my voice to speak up for myself, taking the risk of being fired or laid off.
Often I stood nose to nose, staring them straight into the eye, using my words and never blinking.
Because after being robbed of my innocence at a very young age, I swore to myself that NO ONE would EVER make me feel so helpless, vulnerable, or like a victim…AGAIN.
Not all males are like this. But, this blog focuses on those cowards, bullies, and insecure humans who are most likely continuing a vicious circle of abuse from their own past…and lack the inner strength to rise above their own fears and pain.
Women everywhere. My tribe. Let’s vibe together. Stand tall. Stand strong. Stand up for yourself. Look deep inside you and find the courage. It’s there. You just have to believe in yourself.
— — Inspired by the Facebook post:
“…..If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote “Me, too” as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem. #talkaboutsexualassault”