[WHM] Victims of Sexual Assault

Happy Woman’s History (or Herstory) Month!!

This month, I’m going to blog every day about various women and the impact they have had on society and culture as we know it. Some you will know, some you will not. I hope that you get something from each post. This is a challenge for me, as I only post maybe 1-2x a week. I enjoy challenges though :) I hope you enjoy my thoughts.

 

 

I’ve written a few times on this blog about the horrors of sexual assault and violence against women and girls. It is a topic close to me, as I have been a victim of such assault.

I want to dedicate this post to every woman who has been brave enough and strong enough to fight against her attackers and fight to bring them to justice. I want to dedicate this post to every woman who has ever spoken out about sexual assault and challenged us all to pay attention and do something. I want to dedicate this post to every woman who could do no more than write about her experience in a diary or lock away the memory in the back of her mind.

You are my hero.

You wake up every day and you continue to live your life, despite the horrendous acts thrust upon you. You live, or maybe you are still merely existing, but you are here. You are with us and you are loved. You are not alone.

To every woman who would not be silenced…

To every woman who refused to back down…

To every woman who confronted her attacker…

To every woman who compelled a judge or jury to bring an attacker to justice…

I salute you. I honor you. I respect you. I praise you.

The impact you have had on society is phenomenal and much needed. You have persevered though the odds were against you. You bore the burden of proof and won. You gave voice to the voiceless. You fought the good fight. You changed laws. You saved lives.

Thank you.

 

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2 Responses to “[WHM] Victims of Sexual Assault”

  1. contrarian says:

    Officer: Sir, where are you going at this time of night?
    Man: That’s none of your business!
    Officer: Sorry, sir. I’m just concerned for your safety.
    Man: I should be able to walk around anywhere at any time without any fear!
    Officer: I know you should, sir. But, sadly, that’s not the reality of the world we live in. The area around 21st and Dundritch is known for its high rate of muggings. It would be best if you took a detour.
    Man: Why are you telling me how not to get mugged? You should be telling those muggers not to mug!
    Officer: Even if I personally had the power to address the socio-economic problems which underlie the neighbourhood’s high crime rate, they would likely take generations to fix. I have petitioned for better lighting and more visible policing, but the department’s budget is already stretched. Those short-term measures alone will take time to implement. Please, sir — just take a detour. You’re alone. You’re wearing an expensive watch and suit. That makes you an attractive and easy target.
    Man: Are you saying that wearing an expensive suit and watch means I want to be mugged? No man wants to be mugged!
    Officer: That’s not…
    Man: Mugging apologist!
    Officer: …what I’m saying at all.
    Man: You’re no better than the muggers!
    Officer: Fine, then, sir. As you know, you’re free to do as you wish.

    Man: Hello, I’d like to report a mugging.
    Officer: *sigh*

  2. Mymile says:

    Man: officer my friend stole my car
    Officer: friends don’t steal cars, have you let him borrow your car
    Man : well yes but no this time
    Officer: you opened the door for this. maybe you should have thought about that before. If you didn’t want to to drive whenever, you shouldn’t have ever let him. Stop giving permission.

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