When another young woman is murdered simply for going on a daily run, women at large are reminded there are public spaces we are not allowed to exist in without threat.
When will we stop accepting or merely “okaying” these toxic messages of a sexist culture to be shared in our entertainment and social media?
Truth and lies have historically worked to the benefit of men and to the detriment of women—culturally, socially, and politically.
Men need to be able to recognize that toxic masculinity is behavior that has kept male survivors quiet for decades.
After I was assaulted, I negated my own experience because I didn’t believe it was as serious.
Now this isn’t your normal mediocre sex education course in middle school, the new classes go through everything from the educational purposes, learning boundaries, and self-defense.
I learned at a young age that what it means to be a women is associated with overt and implicit rules on how to govern our bodies.
Consent is not a one-time presentation or a desperate plea to a disinterested public…. Consent should be an integral part our daily lives in every action we perform.
Through our decisions, we have helped “normalize” a world where the Trump Administration feels it has the ability to disrespect women’s safety without any recourse, and now we’re living with the consequences.
My proudest accomplishment is actually recognizing and accepting the days where I am not okay, and not allowing them to tear me down.
This is the first time I have ever shared my story publicly. If so many women had not come out recently, I don’t think I would have had the gut to share my story.
I’m going to talk about my own experiences with sexual assault. Like Thurman, I haven’t spoken about this publicly before. I was too mad, too hurt, too ashamed. But it’s been a few years, so I think it’s time.