Isolation and a broken heart doesn’t have to be your story. || By now you’ve probably seen that actress Alyssa Milano posted this on Twitter just yesterday, following Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment, abuse and rape: “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.” Tonight, I’m joining my sisters in saying #metoo. I have yet to meet a woman that doesn’t have their own “me too” moment (or a long list of them, in many cases), and it’s heartbreaking to think of all the hurt and loneliness we’ve held in during our lifetimes. This hashtag means more than just a petty status update—it’s a window into the hearts of so many women, like me, who have had to endure being objectified, harassed, abused, and even raped by disgusting men who have been given a pass in life to live selfishly and violate us without reproach. We stand together, we are not alone.
Here are just two experiences from women in this very community here @shareloveeverywhere who were willing to share their own #metoo stories:
“Me too. Because my kindness was interpreted as flirty & sexually willing, and now I have to think about being “too nice” so someone doesn’t get the wrong idea.” _____________________________________________________
“Me too. Because my innocence was replaced with shame, and now I catch myself apologizing for saying ‘No’ Because it’s hard to remember I don’t owe them anything.” I will no longer remain silent. Now is the time we use our voices for love, unity and freedom. Let’s join hands and stand up for each other in solidarity.
And If you need help, it's just a call away. @RAINN01 is there for you: 1-800-656-4673 #BelieveSurvivors
One more thing, there is no longer any reason to feel shame for asking for help. I have been where you are, and now I stand beside you. Ask for the help you need, please.