I am angry.
I am tired.
I am sad.
But mostly, I am angry.
All week I’ve been glued to social media, watching how people are reacting to the sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. And realizing just how far we haven’t come.
I’ve also been watching as my female friends and family have come out with their own horrific sexual assault stories in the wake of this news cycle. And realizing just how many people quietly carry these scars in a world that refuses to believe them.
And I find myself left with nothing left to say. Nothing that hasn’t already been said. Nothing that will matter. Nothing that can make this world a place where men don’t rape women and children on a regular basis and never get punished for it.
So instead, I’m only going to write the two following things.
The first is this brief message: To all the women, men and children who have been sexually assaulted, I believe you, I love you and I am here for you if you need anything.
And the second is this list of resources should you ever want or need it:
The National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center: www.nsvrc.org
The National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-422-2253
National Teen Dating Abuse Online Helpline: www.loveisrespect.org
GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project: 1-800-832-1901, www.glbtqdvp.org
Take Back The Night Foundation: 1-866-966-9013, https://takebackthenight.org
For further resources, call RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) at 1-800-656-HOPE or go to www.rainn.org.