'Me Too' Meaning: Emphasis on empathy. The activist said "those two words 'Me too' are so powerful, because somebody had said it to me, and it changed the trajectory of my healing process,” 'Me Too' was about reaching the places that other people wouldn’t go, bringing messages and words and encouragement to survivors of sexual violence where other people wouldn’t be talking about it.
Why someone may feel hesitant to speak out on sexual: Fears of being disbelieved, personally scrutinized, shamed, ridiculed, blackballed, having your name publicly tied forever to an ugly thing that happened to you. There’s the ordeal of having to defend your account against your aggressor’s and having to explain what happened over and over again.
Tarana Burke on telling your sexual assault story: Women you can stand up and talk about it. There’s somebody else who’s had your very experience who doesn’t want to talk about it who you might help when they hear, ‘Oh, that’s exactly what happened to me.’ Tell your story if you feel compelled to tell it because not only will it help someone else, it will help you.”
My two cent: I am a survivor of rape and kept it a secrets for 14 years. Everyone's journey is different do not be ashamed or feel guilty. What happened to you is not your fault and just because you do no tell the world about it does not mean you are not strong. You are strong and you are a survivor. As a smart women once said to me your time will come when you will be able to tell yours too. But sisters please, I beg you if you have a secret do not just let it fester. Seek help. Whether it is reading, writing in a journal, meet up group, therapy, or just volunteering. Your journey does not have to be alone. If you would like to talk to me I'm here for you.
With Sisterly Love,