Over the weekend, and even today, countless people, including myself, across all skin hues, ages, backgrounds, and genders/gender non-conforming, etc. have used the hashtag #metoo to share with the world that they’re survivors of sexual assault or harassment, or both, and to create awareness.
My heart continues to break as my timelines are full of folks sharing their stories and pain. It is an epidemic where people are silenced, shamed and ridiculed. According to RAINN, 1 in 6 American women has had a sexual violence experience. Although the fact is that many women have suffered through such cruelty, the truth is that it was not my fault, your fault, nor your friend, lover’s, sister’s, brother’s, mother’s, etc. fault. We are not responsible for others’ actions, but we can take control of our healing. Whether it’s praying, writing, therapy, mediation, or taking a break from the triggers of the news, social media or everyday life, be sure to take care of yourself. The truth is that you’re loved, valuable, beautiful, powerful, limitless, and worthy of goodness. You are the only one who can take care of you better than anyone. It’s what God wants us all to do!