I know the daily news about another man in power being accused of sexual harassment or assault is overwhelming and disorienting.
This is new territory for all us.
I’ve watched some of my own favorite celebrities fall over the past few weeks.
It’s a confusing and weird time.
Sometimes your first thought might be “Why didn’t the victim say anything back then?” or “She/he is jumping on the bandwagon” or “Oh, get over it. It happened 20+ years ago!”
It’s normal to question what is laid in front of you, but I’m writing to you in hopes of shedding those questions and replacing them with understanding, empathy and anger.
As a person who was on the receiving end of deeply humiliating and dehumanizing sexual encounter in Hollywood, I want to add my perspective on some of the questions you may have.
Why didn’t the victim say anything back then?
There are a plethora of reasons why a victim may not come forward at the time:
- Fear of assaulter using their power to kill (more…)