While analysing this news story this I had this deep thought in my mind, is it fair for people to party hard because one man has fallen into the pits of hell? #Repost @nijabox (@get_repost) ・・・ (Opinion) Should we rejoice over Bill Cosby since he will now rot in jail? by @benitaowobi. Link in bio ☝️#Sexualassault #sexualassaultadvocacy #sexualassaultprevention #sexualassaultawarenessmonth #sexualassault #sexualassaultisnotok #sexualassaultsurvivor #sexualassaultawarness #sexualassaulteducation #sexualassaultsurvivors #SexualAssaultMonth #sexualassaultawareness #billcosby #metoo #BellaNaija #InvestInOthersGreatestDividend #IBelieveHer #BelieveHer #BelieveWomen #femalesmatter #standwithus #solidarity #believesurvivors #strength #courage #lawandordersvu #BelieveMe #metoomvt #timesup
(Opinion) Should we rejoice over Bill Cosby since he will now rot in jail? by @benitaowobi. Link in bio ☝️#Sexualassault #sexualassaultadvocacy #sexualassaultprevention #sexualassaultawarenessmonth #sexualassault #sexualassaultisnotok #sexualassaultsurvivor #sexualassaultawarness #sexualassaulteducation #sexualassaultsurvivors #SexualAssaultMonth #sexualassaultawareness #billcosby #metoo #BellaNaija #InvestInOthersGreatestDividend #IBelieveHer #BelieveHer #BelieveWomen #femalesmatter #standwithus #solidarity #believesurvivors #strength #courage #lawandordersvu #BelieveMe #metoomvt #timesup #nomore
For many ‘living’ is the most difficult part of being a violent sexual assault survivor. We rather pretend it never happened or just disappear, than to cope with the trauma. An invisible scar develops, it lingers right beneath the surface. After decades of blaming myself and not telling anyone, only added to the trauma. Eventually I began to slowly open up. Unfortunately, I opened up to unsupportive people. Which only added to the guilt & shame. BUT GOD! Now, I’ve been delivered from the chains of victimization, self-hate, and others judgement. I freely and openly share to cultivate healing for myself and countless others. ________________________________________ When anyone has the courage to share their pain, don’t diminish, discount or worse, ignore their cry for help. No one should suffer in silence, seeking help is not weak or shameful. True strength is speaking your truth.❤️ ________________________________________ National Mental Health Awareness Month is closing but the need remains. If you or someone you know is in need of help please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 or National Sexual Assault Hotline 1.800.656.HOPE (4673) #InvestInOthersGreatestDividend ________________________________________ #IBelieveHer #BelieveHer #BelieveWomen #femalesmatter #standwithus #solidarity #believesurvivors #strength #courage #lawandordersvu #BelieveMe #metoomvt #metoo #timesup #nomore #insta #regrann #hop #healing #supportive #listen #dontjudge #mentalhealth #rape #sexualassault #talkaboutit #abuseisnotloveisnotabuse
New blog post and painting is up!💖 Why I didnt report. I was 2. Why I didn't report. I thought it happened to everyone. They were football players. I couldn't stop them. I didn't know what else to do, so I left my body until it was over. Why I didn't report. She was my girlfriend. I was 16 in an endless cycle of sexual, physical, pschological, and emotional abuse with nowhere to go. And I loved her. Why I didn't report. They were three "friends" I had recently met in the aeriel community I was a part of. They drove us out into the middle of nowhere in the woods in a town I'd never been to in the middle of the night. We were laying in the back of the van and they began having sex with each other and me. I had no choice, no voice to make them stop, no way to get home, or even make a phone call. When we got home I tried telling an aerial instructor what had happened. She stopped me before I even began..laughing it off saying she "didn't want to hear was crazy happened that weekend". Saddly there are many more stories like this from my life. And I know for so many others out there as well. Why are we being raised in a society where this is the norm? Why are we growing up not knowing our own worth and how to truly love and be loved? Why is speaking up so hard, and why when we do we're not believed, heard, or honored in doing so? I had close friends with similar stories and experiences to mine. My best friend chose to take her own life. We were 20. We had had plans to do it together, only she got to it first. I feel her spirit with me now, and she gives me strength to keep going. All of them..those who couldn't see a way through their pain. I don't know why I made it and others did not. All I know is that I will never for one second let anyone or anything beat me at my own game... including life itself. I came here with specific purpose. Now through deep spiritual connection and healing, I'm able to fully see the totality of all of this. And to truly, whole heartedly feel deep love and peace for it all. For all players involved, and for my path. #huge . *Click link in bio to read more #metoo #whyididntreport #speakyourtruth #believeher #beyondsurvival
#believeher , because trauma isn't just a starting point on a timeline; because trauma doesn't have a due date: a date in which it ends. #believeher , because it took me 10 years to even call what happened to me rape; because it took me 10 years to even tell my own mother it happened to me. #believeher , because even now there are nightmares and flashbacks. #believeher , because speaking up is sometimes the scariest thing to do; because fear of how others will treat you will determine if and when you come out about your trauma. #believeher , because if in 20 years my rapist tried to become an elected judicial official, you fucking bet I'd have something to fucking say about it. #believerher , because we all know at least one asshole who says they know someone who was wrongfully accused, and therefore she must be faking it. #believeher , because a family member of mine has been wrongfully accused, but stands by the survivors in his life; because he doesn't project his experience into someone else's trauma. #believeher , because you don't need every gruesome detail to make our claims valid to *you*. #believeher , because you have no idea how hard it is to come out about something this serious and be seen as valid, as a victim, and as a survivor. #believeher , because there are so many gremlins out there looking to throw a rape victim in the gutter for what they assume to be false accusations. #believeher , because they are some of the biggest reasons why rape goes largely unreported. #beleiveher , because it is time we stand with survivors. #believeher #ibelieveher #supportrapevictims #metoo
⛔️TW: Assault, Stalking, & Blackmail⛔️ This photo was taken on the day #ididntreport I said yes under duress and then revoked my consent, but was ignored. No, I didn’t fight, I didn’t scream. I was coerced into doing something I didn’t want to do, with someone I didn’t want to have anything to do with. An action under duress or misrepresentation is not #consent and consent can be revoked at any time. Why did I not report? Because I was afraid. I was afraid of being judged. I knew there was nothing that could be done. It was a he said/she said “oh but you said yes” situation. I revoked my consent during and He did not stop. But I knew it wouldn’t matter. That it would be drug through the court system and I would lose my personal and professional reputation. That I would have to sit in front of people and justify my behavior, while he sat there smiling. Reporting is hard, and I praise the people that can do it. But I know why people don’t...because I didn’t. It was only when his behavior escalated to blackmail and stalking that #ididreport but the assault was never a part of that. This is why the system needs to change. Why we need to #believethem 🖤 #allofthem I’m sharing this ONLY because I feel like representation is important. I do not want your sympathy, curiosity, or opinions, I simply want to call attention to an event that effects so many people (male/female/non binary) and it has to stop. I shouldn’t be able to go through my life and know that 2/3 of my friends have been impacted by sexual assault. #thisneedstostop #believeher
In elementary school I had this piano teacher who was a little too touchy feely. I remember during every lesson sitting on the piano bench next to him tense because for some reason his hugs and kisses on the cheek didn’t feel right. I remember trying to process the feeling because he was a nice man and l I’d been hugged and kissed by other adults, family and friends, men and woman and had never felt THAT feeling. I took lessons from him a handful of times before I told my mother. The following week I was with another teacher. . I don’t know what happened to that teacher or what my mother may have said to him, but I remember being relieved and feeling that it was safe for me to speak and be heard. And this (plus a million and one other things) is what this is about. Feeling safe to speak and knowing not only that we will be heard but, before being doubted, be believed. #believeher
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I’m so over the victim shaming, the believing of rapists and abusers because they hold positions of power or significance, and the BLATANT disregard of the trauma that women of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse endure. I’m so over people who support these CRIMINALS AND DEGENERATES of society. YOU ARE NO BETTER than the criminal if you support the abuser!
I was 14. I was in someone’s house I should not have been in. Mine was a gang rape. Who would believe me over four teenaged boys? I didn’t report because even without reporting my perpetrators made my sophomore and junior years in high school a living hell. I thank God what happened to me didn’t happen in the time of Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat. I don’t know what I would have done. I didn’t report because I couldn’t utter a word of the incident. I didn’t speak of it until I met my husband over 10 years later. But EVERYTHING works together for good of those called according to His purpose. My purpose now is to help women who are victims of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. #whyididntreport #believeher #advocacy #rapesurvivor #wonthedoit
WHY DON’T WE BELIEVE WOMEN?! . . . This cartoon doesn’t diminishes the trauma or terrible abuse suffered by children at the hands of priests. What it does do is point out the blatant hypocrisy and sexism female survivors face when they disclose experiences involving sexually violent male perpetrators. . . . . . #whyididntreport #ibelievechristine #ibelievedrford #christineblaseyford #drford #christineford #brettkavanaugh #stopkavanaugh #kavanaugh #brettkavanaugh #metoo #metoomovement #feminism #stoptheabuse #kavanope #twss #twss18 #thatswhatshesaid #thatswhatshesaidco #believeher #believewomen #women #stopviolenceagainstwomen #stopsexualassault #gender #believesurvivors #dearsurvivor #ibelieveyou #dobetter
Here at BABESintheWorkplace, we’ve made a conscientious decision to #believeher , we choose to #believewomen and strongly oppose the categorical denial of sexual abuse at the hands of powerful or prominent people. Enough is enough. The time for women to share their dark secrets and abuse is now. We can no longer turn our heads and ignore the rape, molestation, pedophila, harassment that goes unchecked behind closed doors. There are so many who spoke out on Twitter during #whyididntreport who have been holding this pain and shame inside until it festers into a toxic poison, eating away at the carrier. No more! Today we are grateful for the women who stand in solidarity with those who’ve been silenced and say, I believe you!
Layer 1. The All Knowing Gaze. #theresawellsstifelart
In case there was any confusion, Bill Cosby is a rapist. Time doesn't invalidate the pain of being raped nor does playing "America's dad" while you ruin lives behind the scenes. Regardless of when he did it, he did it and he deserves every minute of his sentence. I applaud the courage and strength shown in the victims. Reliving it is hard enough when the world isn't watching. This sentence will not erase what was done, but hopefully it helps them move forward. #endrapeculture #standwithvictims #believeher #believerapevictims #news #billcosby
Inspired by the insane attack on the credibility of recent sexual assault #survivors I thought it would be good to put things into reasonable perspective on social media. I thought I could research the women (and men) that have made allegations and told their #stories in the past 365 days - stories that have been reported through the media. I thought I could spend about half a day and create a pretty exhaustive list. I was incredibly wrong. I don’t know why I was surprised. *** This is a tiny snapshot of those names I could find. TINY. *** This is by no means a comprehensive list, I think we are all barely touching the surface. This is what I could find in the blink of an eye. Imagine what is out there, outside of those we hear about in the news. Outside of industries that have shone a light inward because of external pressure. Just sitting in the shadows, thriving on the silence of victims. Think about how widespread this is. Think about how this reaches beyond borders and boundaries. #believesurvivors #believeher #metoo #whyididntreport
When I was 8 years old, I was in a kind of transient state- straddling between home life with my quickly aging grandparents, and living with friends and my sisters in laws. One of her brothers-in-law was 9, just a year older than me. We would play often but one day he pinned me down and rubbed his groin onto mine. He continued to do this, any time he found me on the floor, or we were playing, he would force me to the ground and hump me over our clothes until my pubic area hurt. I found tactics like kneeing him in his privates until he got smart and pinned down both my arms and legs, and covered my mouth against screaming. That was my first time experiencing sexual assault. I didn't tell anyone until I moved to New Jersey and was talking with Aunt Rochelle. She told me it was not okay and it was wrong what he did and had me tell my sister and brother in law. They instantly asked, 'Norma, why are you lying?' And continued to shame me until my mother said 'I believe her. Why would she lie about this?' It's amazing to both be struck down instantly as a liar and for a fierce woman to defend my truth. So for all of you who have experienced assault or harassment or anything like this, I believe you. Much love to us all in these changing moments. #mothermakeme #yoniblossom #ibelieveher #believeher #nycart #nycartist #mandala #mandalaart #sexualassault #sexualassaultsurvivor #boyswillbeboys #boyswillbeboysisafuckingexcuse
I stand by, behind and on the side of victim's and survivor's everywhere. They don't understand the emotional weight that we carry every day. #IAmHer #believeher #AnitaHill #christineblasseyford #whyididntreport #speakup #breakthesilence #1blacklipstick
I’ll just come out and say it, “We are always getting ready to live, but never living.” —Ralph Waldo Emmerson . Did you know it takes an average of 10 times to follow through on a New Years resolution? That’s 10 years of your life trying to reach a goal. I should know — it took me 8 years to decide I was finally spent enough to leave an abusive relationship, but when you declare your commitments to a group you have a 65% better chance of reaching your goal and a 95% chance when you have a commit-by date w/another person. Maybe that’s why I finally made a decision that would alter my entire life in one afternoon. Someone gave me the ultimatum to leave or they would call the cops to my home. In that moment I trusted courage over fear & my life has been more colorful, traveled, rich in heart than it had been in all of those 8-10 yrs. . So here is your chance to make the change you have always dreamed for yourself. Last call to grab a seat at the very intimate creative table I’ll be guiding through sacred ritual and strategy to move through fear, doubt and resistance and start making the space for your creative dreams. . There are just a few spots left in this beta round, and we start tonight with five weeks of: . -getting that project done, done, done, done, done... -implementing habits that have us staying committed to our practice despite depression and feeling of defeat. Spoiler alert: there is no such thing as failure, only becoming more experienced. -feeling anchored in the knowing that your own work will rise above visual trends (how can anyone see you when you are blending in?) -building your body of work in a sustainable way and landing on a subject matter that your soul is finally passionate about -dreaming big and then strategizing on how meet those dreams in real life. . In Oct ‘17 I made a private list of creative career dreams for 2018. Nearly all of them have come true. The creative process is a slow burn. Being an artist is a lifelong practice. And sometimes, it takes more energy to stay in the faith of our dreams than actually producing the work. This group can help you do both with more flow and ease. Do you want that? DM to register.
I still play with paper dolls. #mujerdepapel #paperwoman #muñecadepapel #paperdoll #paperart #moyocoyotzin #diosa #godess #believeher #artenicte #lalocuracura #wehavetodobetter #artheals #haciendonichos #assemblageart #creating #lacomadremasmadre #altardemivida #soytuhermana #dresden
We've stayed silent long enough, expose pain to find your strength. Link in bio for this original design.
Your wound is not a story. It is nothing to be ashamed of. It is a part of what makes you human. You may have stories about your wounding; the things you tell yourself that it means about you, your worthiness or right to be here, to be you. The stories you have about your wounding stem from your mind responding to the pain that lives in your body-soul. Your mind wants to solve the problem of the pain, so it creates thoughts but ends up trying to enslave the body rather than free you, because those thoughts are birthed out of pain even if we tell ourselves that thinking is more “rational” than listening to our bodies. Our minds are responding to something far deeper than we realize. This split is the origin of this soul fracture that is the human experience. . The wound is real. The pain is real. Is is valid. You are valid. . Being human is both a divinely blissful and divinely painful experience. You cannot have one without the other. . It is so telling how culturally we shame wounding and dismiss the stories of wounding, making the wound out to be some kind of story itself. Dismissing one part of our reality is to cast out the totality of what is real and true. This makes it easier to dismiss abuse, rape, violence, spiritual illness and emotional scarring into something that is fabricated. Making these collective wounds into a “story” dehumanizes the soul, objectifies the pain as thing to be thrown away. It is easier to make believe that others are just playing the role of victims, projecting collective shame and guilt into their hearts, further driving collective trauma into the trenches of the shadow. We get split down the middle, conflicting sides and who is right or who is believable. Whomever carries the pain is wrong. . The shadow must be projected and played out by someone. Someone must take on the crazy when abuse and wounding is denied. That’s what we see in the world. That is what we do to ourselves when we write off our pain, our soul wounding, that difficulty that we carry with us everywhere. . (More below....👇)
Be louder than doubters.
I don't identify as a narrative painter, but sometimes the narratives emerge despite me. . . #partsofpaintings #wip #workinprogress #carlybodnarstudioWIP #metoo #believeher #believesurvivors #believewomen #believevictims #paynesgray #underpainting #anatomy #figurepainting #composition #detail #details #oiloncanvas #lifesize
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How can anyone condone or excuse a person violating another person in any way?😳☹️ This post by @angelatrimbur puts a very sharp focus on things. Stop 🛑 just Stop people. F*ck your boys will be boys BS. Stop apologizing for rapists and those who commit sexual assault. When will we stand together and end the violence against women? #believeher #stopvictimblaming #nomeansno #nomoreexcuses #endthepatriarchy #metoo
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Oh. My. God. ###################### Excerpt: #BrettKavanaugh ’s page in his high school yearbook offers a glimpse of the teenage years of the man who is now President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee: lots of football, plenty of drinking, parties at the beach. Among the reminiscences about sports and booze is a mysterious entry: “Renate Alumnius.” . . The word “Renate” appears at least 14 times in Georgetown Preparatory School’s 1983 yearbook, on individuals’ pages and in a group photo of nine football players, including Judge Kavanaugh, who were described as the “Renate Alumni.” It is a reference to #RenateSchroeder , then a student at a nearby Catholic girls’ school. Two of Judge Kavanaugh’s classmates say the mentions of #Renate were part of the football players’ unsubstantiated boasting about their conquests. “They were very disrespectful, at least verbally, with Renate,” said Sean Hagan, a Georgetown Prep student at the time, referring to Judge Kavanaugh and his teammates. “I can’t express how disgusted I am with them, then and now...” . . ...This month, Renate Schroeder Dolphin joined 64 other women who, saying they knew Judge Kavanaugh during their high school years, signed a letter to the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is weighing Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination. The letter stated that “he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect.” When Ms. Dolphin signed the Sept. 14 letter, she wasn’t aware of the “Renate” yearbook references on the pages of Judge Kavanaugh and his football teammates.... . . ....“I learned about these yearbook pages only a few days ago,” Ms. Dolphin said in a statement to The New York Times. “I don’t know what ‘Renate Alumnus’ actually means. I can’t begin to comprehend what goes through the minds of 17-year-old boys who write such things, but the insinuation is horrible, hurtful and simply untrue. I pray their daughters are never treated this way. I will have no further comment.” #RenateAlumnius #KavaNAW #BelieveHer #StopKavanaugh
I have NOT blown so many whistles. I’ve feared for my career and reputation. I’ve sacrificed my self-worth and safety for it. I feel like this is the insight of #MeToo . Not just that we’ve all been attacked but that almost all of us have been silenced by fear as well. ⚫️ These women are stepping forward and sacrificing their careers and reputations (which they are... believe me. Their Wikipedia pages are forever changed) to protect us all from this dragon. We owe them our gratitude and protection - and most of all OUR BELIEF. I’m with Dr. Ford - let’s be with her together #believeher #believesurvivors #walkout #allblackeverything
🤔🤔🤔 When I say #RAPECULTURE , THIS IS WHAT I MEAN. WHAT message our you sending your DAUGHTER about HER VALUE and place in SOCIETY? I DON'T have a DAUGHTER, I say this because I have TWO SONS. What message are you sending your SON about what HE is "entitled" to do, about WHO he's allowed to do it TO and about the CONSEQUENCES??? #THISISAMERICA #CHANGETHENARRATIVE #STANDFORSOMETHING #wouldyoubelieveYOURMOTHER #wouldyoubelieveYOURSISTER #wouldyoubelieveYOURDAUGHTER #BELIEVEHER #ACCOUNTABILITY #BOYSWILLBEBOYSISBULLSHIT #predatorswillbePREDATORS
“Don’t stop believin’”
[STORY SERIES, 5 of 9] 💟#WhyIDidntReport . . . 💟The past four stories I've shared have been single incidents, but today I'm going to pull from several experiences. And by the way, deciding on which incidents to share in the last four posts has been extremely difficult. Not just because they were difficult to experience, but because there are so many to choose from. . . 💟Today I want to share how I am feeling in this age of #MeToo and #CancelKavanaugh . . . 💟Every day I see or hear on the news, on the internet, or within family or social circle conversations, an invalidation of my experiences. What some may not understand is that dismissing #christineblaseyford is essentially dismissing me. And you. And all survivors. . . 💟But WHY? Her accusations are hers, and mine are mine, they'll tell me. I know you are truthful but how do we know she is, they say. How do we know she isn't doing this for political gain, they interject. How DARE you say I am dismissing your experience, they explode. . . 💟Here it is: I am her, and she is me. She is you, survivor. I did not have her exact experience in the literal sense, no. But I have been her. So many of us have been Christine Ford. . . 💟I didn't report it because sometimes I could not find solace even in the arms of my closest friends, who perhaps meant well but shut me down in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. I didn't report it because I have been told we (victims) do it to ourselves in the way we dress, become intoxicated, and confuse romantic partners by wanting gender equity. . . 💟I didn't report it because my complaints of being violated have been met with anger, resentment, dismissal, violence, silence, and mockery -- more times than I can count. I didn't report it because I still, to this day, have to justify my experiences to those who seemingly can't wait to debate their validity. . . 💟Every day survivors like myself are re-living some of the most horrifying experiences of our lives while we try to explain our own pain, read about others pain, and watch as scandal after scandal unfolds in the White House and Hollywood. Every day. Every day we are reminded. . . 💟To all my survivors, I see you; I believe you
Believe women. ALL WOMEN. . I wish someone would have told the military CID (criminal investigation division) at Fort Riley, Ks this. Because it was more than clear that they choose to believe my rapist when he blatantly lied to them. But believing him made their job so much easier. I can only hope and pray that one day, if it's one of their mothers, daughters, wives...they will choose to believe them. . Believe women. ALL WOMEN. #noimperfectionsorg
Would I have been different if I wasn’t fingered against my will, so swollen, hurt and scared I went to a nurse who had no time to hear another story of assault or rape? Would I have recovered from anorexia sooner? And if so, would I not have autoimmune disease? Maybe, maybe not. But I also wouldn’t know I am a survivor, a warrior and a person who heals. I am the overcoming. When a woman says she’s suffering, I can say, I too have suffered and know the way out.
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My editor @halilefrat keeps telling me I must watch season 2 of Handmaid’s Tale because after viewing all my interviews w/#survivors of Nazi #women ’s #slavelabor he says the award winning series was “inspired” by this formerly unspoken women’s narrative. Today I found myself running into handmaids as I joined the #NationalWalkout to support #survivors of #sexualassault on #CapitolHill & in front of #SupremeCourt . One of the most heartbreaking aspects of taking #holocaustsurvivor testimonies is hearing how after the war survivors weren’t believed, which further compounded their trauma. Sadly this happens all the time with sexual assault, which is why 77% of victims never report it. Those who bravely step forward & do are often called “mixed up” or “confused” but only 7% actually do incorrectly identify their assailant. No, women and survivors of sexualized trauma aren’t confused. We’re tired of being dismissed. We won’t be silenced. And whether talking about the #Holocaust or today, we will use our voices to say #BelieveSurvivors . It was such an empowering day with my friends @rachdesario @stricxl @lgcorn @bettyrules & @yalelawschool which cancelled classes - which never happens - to stand up for #justice #survivorrights #equality #BelieveHer #BelieveWomen
Women of color are less likely to report sexual assault. If you have been a victim of sexual violence and harassment, it’s never too late to start talking about it. You are not alone. #believesurvivors #believeher #asianamerican #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #therapy #psychotherapy #culturallyinformed #socialjustice #aapi #representationmatters #counseling #whyIdidntreport
When I was a pre-teen, I sat in on a workshop that my mom was teaching, and witnessed a woman having a deep process about a memory of rape. I will never, ever, ever forget her wails. In college, my all-female a capella group regularly sang a powerful song that was originally written for a conference for the survivors of rape. Every year, we gathered to share our experiences. I would estimate that at minimum 2/3 of the women in the group had experienced rape. And over the years from time to time I have heard these words from other women: “I have never told anybody this before . . .” I have experienced sexual assault and harassment myself, and various gray-area incidents around consent. I don’t know how it is that I have somehow escaped worse, especially when I think back to some of the situations I have been in. In any case, it is never a question: #believeher A selfie ain’t happening today, so here’s my black sleeve and the lilies at my bedside which, I discovered this morning, had burst into bloom overnight. A symbol of female strength and beauty. Not one, but two of them stretching open together, in solidarity. Today we walked out of acting class at 1pm. #believesurvivors
@onbeinginyourbody #believesurvivors #believeher because so many suffer in silence too weary to raise their voice in fear that it will banish their character, too tired to prove their trauma is real, and too alienated by a society that places shame on the victim and not the aggressor. When we turn our back on survivors, we turn our back on justice.
Tonight, I had the privilege of attending the #ncadv #risingvoices gala and met so many strong amazing women including a few others from many other diverse communities standing up and speaking their truth. . Today, all 600+ walked out of the DV Conference in solidarity hand in hand. It was a magical moment. . . Things are changing and people are awakening. I'm seeing it here. #BelieveSurvivors #believeher #empoweringsurvivors #survivorstories @ncadv @bornebackceaselessly @timesupnow @laura_healing_with_spirit .
When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time - Maya Angelou . . . #standwithwomen #believeher #believewomen #supporther #metoo #kavanaughmustwithdraw #timesup #stopkavanaugh #womensupportingwomen #hearher #topplethepatriarchy #3strikesbut1isenough #love
“All the women in me are tired. The positive-thinking me, the resilient me, the resourceful me, the mother in me, the one who thinks that the world can be a better place, the one who doesn’t believe in racism, violence and sexism, the one who still hopes, the one who believes in friendship and humanity, we are all tired… I wanted this year to be different, I wanted to end it on a positive note and I can feel that I’m heading into the same wall as these past few years…exhausted, depleted but with extra baggage.” #whyiwearblack #believesurvivors #believewomen #believeHER #metoo #timesup
Since #BrettKavanaugh so boldly declared he has no knowledge of ANY aspect of the alleged sexual assault (and he wants to testify immediately), how about he walks down to the nearest and best Lie Detector company. With that same energy? I'll wait. #anitahill #neverforget #rapeculture #StopKavanaugh #BelieveSurvivors #BelieveHer