The #MeToo movement smashed the ceiling and shed light on a major crisis. Women, and men, no longer have to sit in silence with sexual abuse, assault, and harassment. #MeToo is a way for victims to become survivors.
It hits home on a personal level for me. I began writing about my experience with sexual assault as the movement came to the surface. Whether in the workplace, or elsewhere, no one should be made to feel unsafe by perpetrators using their superiority as a means of aggression. No one should be victimized period.
Now is the time to take back control from our abusers. Silence only gives culprits more power over us; speaking up reminds survivors of their strength. How does ME.TOO affect you?
After a trip abroad, I came back unsure of what had happened to me. It took years to fully realize what had been done: I had been sexually assaulted. What solidified it for me was checking out the Department of Justice website and realizing that everything about my experience fell into the defined category of rape.
My mental health became unstable in the months after the assault. I became catatonic from depression. Bipolar disorder surfaced and led to a diagnosis. And I felt lost. It took years to finally be found again.
Slowly but surely, I spoke up. And it made all the difference. My mental health symptoms are now at a bare minimum. I am honest with my therapist about what I am feeling, and what I continue to go through. And I found my voice, choosing to use it to help others like me take back control of their lives.
We have the power to speak up. I wanted to use this post to share a bit about my story, my mental health challenges, and my voice — finally found.
I’ll leave you with this: champion people instead of breaking them down. The #MeToo movement shows just how many of us have been affected. Be a part of the cure, not part of the disease. And be the light you have always been, because you are not alone.
For a safe place to talk with professionals about sexual assault, call 800.656.HOPE (4673) – the National Sexual Assault Hotline.
I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become. — Carl Jung