#MeToo and “Why Are People Coming Forward Now?”

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In regards to the MeToo Movement and whenever someone comes forward about abuse in their life. We hear so much of “why didn’t this person come forward, or why now?”
I really don’t owe anyone an explanation but I’m going to give one anyway to help raise some awareness…
I didn’t remember my rape until several years AFTER the fact. One day it hit me like a ton of bricks. Apparently severe trauma has the ability to alter things we remember until we are able to better deal with them or never in some cases.
I CHOSE not to report what happened to me for a couple reasons. It had been so long, I didn’t want my mental health issues thrown in my face and I didn’t want to go through the trauma of court and facing him in that way.
I have found other ways to reclaim my life. I have found my voice and I can now help guide others too. Each story is different. Don’t judge what you don’t know. #metoo

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