I watch women tell their stories and I’m in awe of their strength to tell them. To share their most private hard stories in hopes that if enough women stand up and demand change, that change will happen. A change that means men will no longer get away with treating women the way they’ve treated them throughout history.
And it is working, and not working, this week has proven that.
It has also proven once again that I don’t have the strength to share my stories to the world, I just can’t, and I don’t know if I’ll ever get to that level of strength and courage. But I can say that I believe them, that I believe you, that it’s happened to me too. That I support you and thank you for being brave, braver than I am. That it’s women like you who are changing this world for the better, I applaud you.
That to people (both women and men) who think it isn’t a big deal being treated by a man as nothing more than a sexual object, or be subjected to a sexual assault isn’t harmful – you are wrong. And I hope one day that you recognise that even if you’ve just used words denying the harm done, that you were wrong.
To all those women who’ve stood up – you are amazing, brave, and I am humbled by your strength.
Dear friends, take some time to go on twitter and read the short honest reasons why women didn’t report, told by women telling their truth, showing just how strong they are. It truly is humbling to see women telling the world things need to change, and why. One day I hope I’m strong enough to be that brave. #WhyIDidntReport