You’ve seen the #MeToo posts. You’ve read the articles on public figures and sexual assault in the workplace. But when will it end? What can we do?
Former CPAF staff member and current supporter Brittany Wong Morey shares her sentiments and makes us think about what we can do right now.
If all the women (or men) who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote “Me Too” as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.
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I hate having to post this, because I really don’t want pity or someone gasping, “I’m so sorry, I had no idea!” Honestly, and sadly, I am much more surprised when I meet a woman who has never been sexually harassed in some way. And I don’t want to put a spotlight on some of the darkest moments of my life. But as a SURVIVOR of rape, sexual harassment, assault, stalking, etc., I have met countless women and men who have been through similar experiences, and I want you to know that you are not alone, and you too are a SURVIVOR, and I will do what is in my power to fight for you and against this rape culture we live in.
I am proud of the fact that I worked at, supported, and plan to sit on the board of the Center for the Pacific Asian Family, an organization committed to helping survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. I am also proud that I have on different occasions, “ran interference” for women I thought might be victimized if I didn’t step in, because what I saw was all too familiar in their situations. I know there’s probably more I could have done in some cases, and more I can still work on, but it’s a start.
Most of all, while I am personally aware of the sin and darkness of humanity, I have so much reason for hope. Against the odds, I am married to an amazing man who loves me unconditionally, cares for me, and supports me in all aspects of life. I have had the wonderful experience of being mentored professionally by men who truly saw and believed in what I bring to the table intellectually. And, my husband and I are raising two sweet, energetic, sensitive, caring, and crazy little boys to respect other people’s bodies and their own. I pray for them everyday that they will grow up to stand up for what is right, no matter what, and protect those who aren’t able to stand up for themselves. What will you do to make sure they grow up in a better world than the one we live in now?
We must take action and not give up hope, not despite these trying times, but especially now.
So what can we do? Here is a start.