“You betrayed my trust, took advantage of my trust and sexually abused me hundreds of times”, …..Alexis Moore
“After every appointment, I couldn’t wait to get home to shower because I always left his office feeling so dirty. Yet no amount of showers made me feel clean” ……Madeleine Jones
You talked to me about Church stuff while you sexually violated me. You sent me all these godly messages while you took advantage of me. You clearly never took that to heart. You saw me, a child of God , an object you could use to make yourself feel much more powerful. You took away my power, my self worth, my emotional development and my innocence. You took my leniency to be my weakness. Because of you, I’ve tried to commit suicide. During the suicide attempts, I’d walk down the hallway to my bedroom, accepting I was going to die. And I felt this overwhelming sense of relief because I finally didn’t have to live thinking that my life didn’t mean anything. Now I understand that I lived because I made a conscious decisions to BREAK THE SILENCE. #MeToo
The vast majority of offenders do not look, act, or speak in any way that would identify them as sex offenders. They rarely wear trench coats or masks. They are hard to spot, but not because they are in disguise. ITS BECAUSE THEY LOOK LIKE YOU AND I. HARMLESS IS THE WORD!
According to recent research, there is a specific, damaging myth that women fabricate rape and abuse accusations to ruin men’s lives, and that stops so many women from reporting what happened to them. Survivors worry that they won’t be believed. There’s also a stigma. Some survivors may believe that being assaulted makes them “damaged goods,” and they are therefore afraid of being judged for something that is completely not their fault.
Here is the thing, “KEEPING SEXUAL ABUSE A SECRET WON’T MAKE IT STOP. SWEEPING IT UNDER THE RUG WON’T KEEP US SAFE. WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT IT.!”
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