My #MeToo Aftermath: Shame, Defamation, and Triumph

Angela Meredith
Oct 5, 2019 · 11 min read
Photo by Alex Saskevich on Unsplash

Part One: Shame

Some said it was brave. Others said nothing, either because they didn’t read the Facebook post in which I described the time I was raped or because talking about it out loud, off of social media, was just too uncomfortable.

The Brett Kavanaugh hearings were the final straw for me.

Like many survivors, watching as instances, accusations, and convictions of sexual assault and other forms of abuse are normalized and dismissed is retraumatizing.

Part 2: Defamation

You may think of libel and defamation law as written to only protect those who have public reputations, like celebrities, politicians, and business leaders and entities. In my beautiful home state of Florida, however, defamation law is also written to protect individuals from being harmed by lies and slander.

Part 3: Triumph

This doesn’t end with me saying I’m healed and whole and stronger than ever. In fact, it’s not over. This third part isn’t the end. This is a to-be-continued. This is a still-in-process and finding my way forward. The post that broke my silence about being raped and the fallout that followed are now nearly a year in the past. That doesn’t mean the saga is over, especially since I’m writing about it again, but it does mean that I’ve had time to reflect.

We must keep speaking up. We must keep sharing.

We can’t stop until the culture is changed. From woman to woman and generation to generation, we must raise our voices and tell our stories.

Fearless She Wrote

This is a space to empower differences, tell our stories…

Angela Meredith

Written by

Writer, mother, mindfulness teacher, and consciousness activist committed to the greater good.

Fearless She Wrote

This is a space to empower differences, tell our stories, and share our lives together. We will not be silenced. We will be fearless. And we will write.

Angela Meredith

Written by

Writer, mother, mindfulness teacher, and consciousness activist committed to the greater good.

Fearless She Wrote

This is a space to empower differences, tell our stories, and share our lives together. We will not be silenced. We will be fearless. And we will write.

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