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

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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