Each time details of high profile sexual assault cases come to light, survivors are both triggered and affirmed. We are forced to relive our own traumas and the aftermath. While the world debates these cases in public forums, as survivors stories are questioned, we are sent spinning over and over. I hit the ground so often I sometimes wonder if I’ll ever get up again. But I do. We do. We all do over and over. We hit the ground, and we pick up the pieces and glue ourselves back together again. And again. I am disgusted with how sexual assault and rape has become politicized. Sexual assault has no political affiliation. An American is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds yet sexual assault is the most under reported crime. 90% of cases will never be reported, when they are reported, less than 20% will ever be investigated. When survivors come forward, they give up their privacy and their anonymity so that their scars can prevent someone else’s and to let others know they too can move forward. I believe you Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. We believe you. And to all survivors everywhere, know that you are not alone. I am with you. Whether you reported your assault or not, you are brave and you are courageous. Whether you were assaulted 55 yrs ago, 35 yrs ago, 15 yrs ago, 5 yrs ago, or 5 days ago, your story is valid & your truth is your truth. You are stronger than you think. You have survived before and you will keep surviving. Justice is served many ways. Darkness will never win; light will always restore wholeness. As @chiccpa recently said to me, your mere existence is the resistance. Anonymous, confidential support is available 24/7 at @rainn’s National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.HOPE. (📸 & 🎨@victoriaherrera.co ) On weeks like this one, it’s hard to hear powerful men justify sexual assault. It is not business as usual. Not this generation. Boys will be held accountable and men will not be elevated to positions of power and certainly not ones that decide who has agency over our bodies. #TimesUp. While choices were once taken away, I shared #selfcare you get to have control over in comments. Then use that energy to fight a system that has tried to silence us💪🏽.