It’s 2018, it’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and it can be really discouraging to see how far we still have to go, before we can create a world where; we are not judged for how we look, but how we are.
“We are witnessing a revolution for women, just like getting the vote and entering the workforce. There’s no going back.” Gretchen Carlson said. That’s why it’s so important to acknowledge the momentousness of the movement.
The news anchor and advocate for workplace equality and the empowerment of women wrote a book “Be Fierce! Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back.” Contributing to the ‘fight’ alongside many other women, who are raising their voices every day.
“He stood in front of the door and blocked me and tried to kiss me on the lips. I stopped him and managed to get out of the room… I was so hesitant about speaking out. I didn’t want to hurt his family. I felt guilty as if I did something wrong. I was also terrified that this sort of thing had happened to so many women I know, but no one had said anything because of fear.” Cara Delevingne
The British model and actor shared an Instagram post in which she detailed the alleged sexual assault by the movie producer Harvey Weinstein, while meeting about Tulip Fever, a film produced by the Weinstein Company in 2014.
And while all over the media are the faces of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, a numerous other sexual harassment and assault allegations against a number of powerful men, Hollywood is not the only place on earth that women are being harassed.
There are around 120 million girls worldwide (slightly more than 1 in 10) have experienced forced intercourse or other forced sexual acts at some point in their lives.
And believe me I don’t care if you are a man or a woman (because it really shouldn’t matter), these numbers show that’s something is seriously wrong with our society and that something needs to be done ASAP!
Tracee Ellis Ross said something very noteworthy: “Men, may you be accountable and self-reflective, compassionate and open; may you ask how you can support a woman and be of service to change, and may you get help if you need it.”
Photographer and blogger, Oscar Minyo, also addressed the issue on instagram yesterday: “I will never know what it feels to be harassed, molested, grabbed, intimidated, or touched against my will…”
“…I will never have to justify what I was wearing or how much I drank. I will never have to feel fear walking home alone. I will never have to justify why I didn’t resist. For that and more I’m being privileged of being a man.”
#Time’s Up! It’s important that those who have the privilege – of being a man, because our shitty society has been shaping this idea for hundreds of years – to try and use it for good.
Talk about the subject, as uncomfortable as it can be. Get educated and educate. And don’t ever look the other way, because no means no. And silence means no too. Know where the line is.