From the second the #metoo movement began, women, and people, everywhere came together. Whether they were sharing their story or experience, coming forward as a survivor, outing their attacker, or just being supportive.
As a survivor, this sends chills throughout my body…but for two very opposing reasons. One being a very positive and resounding feeling of togetherness. I am so unbelievably grateful that in these horrible times, an entire WORLD can come together to support each other. We go on marches and make life long friends, full songs are created for the sole purpose of letting everyone know we will not stand down until there is change, we start one hashtag movement and the entire world starts coming forward – it is truly incredible. I have seen men on my Facebook, even, post statuses saying they had no idea how widespread this issue was and that they were completely shocked, heartbroken even, that this many people they knew were impacted by such horrible stories.
On the contrary, it makes me so sad that there are so many women out there who have gone through the same, excruciatingly painful experience. It makes me so angry that there are so many horrible people out there that are causing this pain; enough people to make multiple women come forward every few DAYS.
However, I’m here to focus on the positives. Time Magazine named “The Silence Breakers” as the Person of the Year. The cover story included women of all races, professions, countries – everything from a woman working in a strawberry field in Mexico to high profile actresses. They all came together to connect over their stories and speak out for those who couldn’t. The cover includes only the arm of one woman, who represents the women who cannot speak out. THIS is what these movements are doing. They are bringing the entire world together in solidarity to support each other.
The survivors who are all coming forward need our help. We need to be the voice for those who are voiceless – speaking up and calling for change is a scary thing. No voice goes unheard, no deed goes unnoticed, no help goes without thanks – we are all in this together.
We won’t keep quiet, we won’t let them win, and we most certainly won’t let anyone go this alone.