against sexual abuse
One in every three women globally is a victim of physical or sexual violence and yet less than 16% of the rapes are reported in the US.
Silence. That’s how most of us have been programmed to deal with sexual assault. As children we are sheltered from its existence. The first introduction to abuse is when it happens to you, or to someone you know. Not able to comprehend the rude awakening, and ill-equipped to deal with its consequences, our minds learn to shut out the trauma and are taught to suffer in silence. Society shuns the survivors and victim blaming is still very much part of our culture. Some survivors may go through their entire lives unwilling and unable to share their stories with even the people closest to them.
Can you imagine what this weight must feel like?