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Women need a voice

I’ve had a lot of messages since my post about being raped.  Most said I am brave for talking openly. Too many were from women who have also been sexually assaulted.   Why is it considered brave to talk about being raped?  It isn’t considered brave if someone talks about having their house broken into, their car stolen or being physically attacked. That is considered a fair response.  Someone did something totally wrong, against the moral code of society, and talking about it…. well, it keeps us all safer. Right? The difference is shame.  There’s a stigma with rape.  A very wrong stigma. A stigma that says somehow the woman was at fault.  I believe this is part of the reason that women don’t speak up. Women need a voice.  Women need to be believed. Women need to be treated better.  There is so much talk towards women about being safe, not taking a drink from strangers, not wearing certain clothes, not being fun or flirtatious.  No matter what you wore, drank or laughed at – …