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October 17, 2017

October 17, 2017

In reflecting on Alyssa Milano’s “Me Too” tweet, I have been twisted inside by the number of stories, experiences, traumas and hurt that women, non-binary individuals, and yes, men too, have experienced. The weight of those stories told and untold is heavy in my heart. I have been flooded by my own memories of sexual harassment, mistreatment and inappropriate power exerted over my body- most of which I, like so many others, had buried deeply within because “others had experienced much worse” or “it’s just what happens” or “it was a joke.” It is not funny and certainly not acceptable. The memory of being asked by a Las Vegas ER doctor if I had had “kinky sex with a cork screw” when I came in hemorrhaging or the time I was lucky enough to break free from a friend of a friend’s car as he felt entitled to my being or the uncountable times I have been called at, followed or groped on the street have all been racing through my mind. Those are but a few. These lists are long for far too many. The silence and tolerance of these behaviors on the streets, on campuses, in the workplace, in the home and beyond are sickening. I hope for my daughter’s sake that this moment will lead to change. I hope that people who hear and see these behaviors will speak up on behalf of those who should not have to carry the torch for change. Safety for and autonomy over our bodies should not be something to fight for, but a given human right that is respected and upheld by others. #metoo 

October 18, 2017

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October 16, 2017

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