It’s been almost a year since the vile recording of Donald Trump came out where he talked about using his television star status and power to kiss women and grab them by the pussy etc. His behavior was sloughed off by his wife and others as lude “locker room talk.” A short time later, the American people voted him in as our President.
About 6 months later, entertainer, Bill Cosby’s mistrial set him free without consequence for allegedly drugging and raping Andrea Constand. DOZENS of women came forward who claimed to have been sexually assaulted by him over the years but in almost all of the cases, Cosby is protected by the statute of limitations.
In the last couple weeks, Harvey Weinstein, another powerful producer in the entertainment industry, was outed after decades of serial sexual assaults.
And of course, there are even more horrifying stories in each of our local communities, within this circle of women, and in our homes.
Last year my neighbor, a well respected powerful man in our community, was sent to prison for sexually assaulting his stepdaughters over a period of 9 years. My husband and I were stunned.
All of this light shining in the darkness of sexual assault has been stirring up difficult memories for me and my girlfriends, family members, clients, and former coworkers. How about you?
Personally, I stuffed my painful experiences down deep inside when I was a young woman because I didn’t know what to do with them at the time. And I know I am not alone.
I joined the hashtag ‘Me Too’ movement reignited by Alyssa Milano to let the world know how insidious sexual assault is all over the world by placing #MeToo on my facebook and twitter pages. Milano said, “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.”As of this post, over 7 million courageous women have participated in the “Me Too” campaign to reclaim their voices and speak up about sexual abuse.
Dear Sisters, Even though you may have felt alone in your suffering, you are not alone. I see you and hold you in my heart. No matter what you have experienced, or when it happened, it was not your fault. You are brave and beautiful and whole.
We all deserve better. Together we will heal.
xx Big LOVE, Shann