I've lost count on how many times I've been touched and groped by random people in the bus, by taxi drivers, in bars - all over the place. I've lost count on how many times people have tried to kiss me without my consent. I've lost count on how many times people have tried to do even more than this. I didn't think about it for a while because it happens all the time and was "normal"! But it's not normal! It's a major problem. #metoo#itsnotok
Both of the founders of Rescue ONE were sexually abused by the age of 5. For me, it was by 3 uncles. I was sexually harassed by a professor in college for 2 years. When I was 26 and in a dueling pianos bar, I was walking past a guy who reached up my skirt to grope me ... @milano_alyssa encouraged women to share "ME TOO" to show the magnitude of these issues brought about by the Harvey Weinstein scandal. These actions committed against me don't define me; they motivate me to make a difference in the life of even ONE person. We work to end human trafficking in every spare moment we have. I want to be remembered as someone who LOVED people. Make a difference today. #metoo#sexualabuse#sexualassault#sexualharassment#humantrafficking#itsnotok#rescueonefoundation#inittoendit#notforsale#makeadifference#changetheworld#savelives
There’s a lot of mixed opinions about the #metoo it seems. My belief is that we each have our own choice with it and no one should put pressure on you.
This blog is my way to raise awareness and potentially help others who need a human example of recovery. But, and it is a big but...I’m doing this anonymously. This is to ensure the safety of myself and my son. Not just from my violently abusive ex, but also from a small minority of people who don’t want it spoken about/empowerment of victims. This is my choice. I do not condemn anyone who wants to put their name to it, not post it at all...etc as that is your right and however you deal with your survival, all the more power to you!
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Me too... If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote 'Me too' as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem. I was 17 when a ‘friend’ at college began making inappropriate comments, then he began touching me for a moment to long in places his hands didn’t need to go, finally it lead to him threatening to rape & kill me. I had no clue what to do. I told my then step mum who’s response was ‘and?’ It took a friend at college who saw him one day to encourage me to seek help. I went to the counsellor at college & then the police were called. He began harassing me with his friends, making comments & following me to the train station. Still my step mums response was ‘and, what do you want me to do about it’ I ended up dropping the charges, too scared of what would happen, I genuinely believed he would rape & kill me. If sharing this helps just one woman speak out or just one man rethink his actions, then I no I’ve done the right thing, because you are not alone, don’t do what I did & let an evil bully get away with behaving like a douchefuck. #metoo#raiseawareness#itsnotok
You may have taken away my innocence but you will never take away my strength, I stood up for myself even when I thought no one would listen, even though I felt ashamed, even though it was a family member and I felt guilty for years... never again. I've lived through some horrible things no little girl should ever witness, and pray for all who are affected or put through any kind of abuse🚫🚫thank you GOD for the woman and mother I am today ❤️❤️ #metoo#empowerment#riseup#standup#notalone#sisterhood#itsnotok
I always find it funny when I casually reference sexual harrassment to male friends and they say they are shocked that any man would do that to a woman. Because it's so casual, and it's so often, that we don't even think about it anymore. It's just a consequence of being a woman. So when the allegations against Harvey Weinstein started, I, like many women, started to think about my own dealings with men who had power over me. Like the time my breasts got groped without my permission underneath my shirt while I was dancing with girlfriends at Hotel Vegas. Or the time a male source I was interviewing for a story laid a hand on my thigh and let it linger. Or the time during sex the guy started filming me without my permission. Or the countless times during my job as a river guide I would get asked to sit on a guy's face or lap or have sex with him. Those guys would also grab my ass, my waist and my boobs without my permission. Every woman I know has had an encounter like this. And most of the time we shrug it off, because we're girls and this is just what happens. Because it's not rape, so it's not as important. There are other girls that have to deal with more, after all. But no. Guys, stop being shocked that this happens. And girls, start speaking up. I'm so proud of the women who have shared their #metoo story. Sexual harrassment and assault is being spoken about more than ever. I know there are guys out there that are good and decent and would never do something like this and deserve loving. So let's not let 1 or 1,000 or 100,000 bad people ruin it for everyone. Just like your vote matters, your story matters and if everyone shares their story maybe something will change.
It takes an average of 15 minutes for a plastic bag to go from being useful to being waste. So even though @tescofood 's Fresh & Easy went out of business (God, I LOVED them! 😭😖) I still use their canvas bags to shop with. It's estimated that 100 billion single use plastic bags are thrown away annually. 🚫
– For every woman saying #metoo , there’s another woman rolling her eyes saying “boys will be boys” and “it’s harmless flirting” and “just ignore it” and “take it as a compliment” and “you should have dressed more modestly” and “you’re just imagining it” and “you’re too sensitive.” Or straight up: you’re lying. This is called internalised misogyny. It’s both damaging and protective. It gives you a false sense of control. We women can love men, like men, joke with men, date them, marry them, be friends with them, be attracted or not attracted to them, be their professional colleagues and bosses, play sports with men, be sitting near men on public transportation, walk by men on the street…AND we can expect them not to harass us. It’s not us against them. It’s us against misogyny.
I created the Mr. North pin in hopes of creating a voice for the land, plants, and animals. The natural ecosystems of our planet are so much more indigenous than any of our race yet have no true voice to plea their right to nurture their little plot of land. "We need to invest in the organizations that lobby in favor of our planet; because equality won't matter if there is nowhere to practice it." -#MrNorth The @nrdc_org need our help now more than ever due to our current political situation. 100% of our proceeds go to the @nrdc_org.
#METOO rp @summerose // Three years after and this resurfaces. I never knew I was taking a stand for someone else, this girl I've watch become a woman and loving mother. Thank you @summerose for speaking up. The truth is that this happens in every industry and is more common than we can imagine. It doesn't make it ok. No, you don't have the right to use and hurt others. And if your parents didn't teach you otherwise, trust that the new generation of mothers will. We will teach our boys to be the men they are meant to be and our daughters to speak up. And we will speak up and we will be stronger together. #cantkeepusquiet#itsnotok
When I first saw the message to share, "me too" I had the thought that "well.. nothing really serious or dangerous has happened to me so I don't think I should post that". And over the last few days I've been thinking about the many times while in the halls of high school, at a dance club/bar, walking down the street, walking through a crowd.. ect, that inappropriate things were said or done to me, But I was able to walk away and ignore it or say something like "no thanks" -repeatedly!.. (then being called a bitch or some other name)
I have been seeing so many more people posting about this and, I started thinking how common this obviously is. So common that my first thought was "well, nothing "serious" happened to me".. as if that was all a "normal" amount of harassment so it doesn't really count. I know every single female has experienced this and when it's nothing "serious", it so often just gets brushed off as an annoying thing that we just deal with.
But thats the point of all of this. We shouldn't have to deal with it. It shouldn't be happening.
I also know that harassment doesn't just happen to women, but also children and even men, and that no matter what amount of inappropriateness, it is never ok. Maybe the situations I have been in didn't seem dangerous, or maybe I was just lucky to have friends around or be able to walk away at the right moment.. but I know that's not the case for everyone, even many close friends of mine, and that is not ok and breaks my heart.
It's really sad and frustrating seeing all these posts, but also a little nice to know you're not alone. You're never alone.
Thank you to everyone sharing their stories. It's good to share and talk about these things and to get support. ....but also, I don't know if that really changes the situation. Again just focusing on supporting the victim instead of stopping the issue before it happens.
Hopefully all this spreads some light on the situation and at least makes someone think twice before doing something they shouldn't or maybe even inspires someone to speak up against their friend or even a stranger who's being inappropriate.. even if it's not that "serious". ... because it always is
ABOUT COMIC “SECRETS” : “Secrets” is Cause Vision’s ninth comic book in the fight against human trafficking. The fictionalized stories of the three girls are based on real cases handled by Cause Vision’s local partner ECPAT Philippines. Artwork is by Jed Siroy and Ace Vitangcol of Studio Studio (see below, based in Manila). The funds for printing the Filipino-language version (“Mga Lihim”) were donated by Girls Advocacy Alliance
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Cause Vision creates original comic books to warn children and communities about the dangers of human trafficking, working in partnership with local grassroots organizations. The not-for-profit Cause Vision, founded in 2010 in New York City, has distributed more than 100,000 copies of ten comic books in 12 languages and countries, including Thailand, Nepal, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Cambodia. Contact us: http://causevision.org, firstname.lastname@example.org. #humantrafficking#traffickinginpersons#enditnow#itsnotok