It’s been forever since young girls and women were sexually harassed and forced to remain silent. Any attempt to speak up would mean you are ready to put yourself… and family on the line.
For many years, so many young girls and women have lived in fear, pain and hurt. We’ve been made to believe that we are not in control of our choices; even our bodies. From gaining admission into school to getting promoted to a new level.
The society asks, “Why are you even complaining? It has always been this way!”
Who do we turn to when some of the people meant to protect us are part of the people harming us? Where should we run to when nowhere is safe? Who can help uplift our spirits when most, if not all, of us are broken in one way or another?
We pleaded yet you refused to hear us out. We cried yet you had no mercy.
Guess what? NOT ANYMORE!
We remained quiet because we feared no one would believe us. Not anymore!
We accepted your offer because we believed had no other choice. Not anymore!
You took advantage of us because we feared we would fail or not get the job. Not anymore!
We attempted suicide while you continued to molest our friends, sisters and colleagues. Not anymore!
You have sexually assaulted many of us yet you went scot free. Not anymore!
We will no longer wait for a savior; we are our savior! We won’t let injustice win. We won’t let the tears and blood of those who have lost their lives go to waste. We refuse to accept defeat. We refuse to accept whatever society tells us. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
We will no longer “mind our business” when we see or hear of someone being victimized. We will fight for her because she matters. We will fight for her because she is one of us. We will fight for her because none of us are safe until all of us are safe. Above all, we will fight for her because she deserves to be fought for
We definitely inherited our mothers’ curves, beauty and strength. But one thing we did not inherit is their silence!