It's Time...To Speak Up!

This post isn't going to be very lighthearted...just a warning.

I'm not very happy right now.  This week I've heard the news that there was a sexual assault on the campus that I used to work at/attend.  It hasn't sat well with me all week since hearing the news. It just sickens me that a man felt that had that right to steal that piece of a woman.  It makes me so angry I could scream.  I don't get how anyone can wake up in the morning and go to bed at night knowing that they did that to someone and not just feel like trash.

I've sat on this post since I got word on Tuesday.  I didn't know what to say, how to respond, or how to even put into words what I was feeling.  I'm angry, grieving, heart broken, and praying for that poor, innocent young woman.  As a survivor myself, I know that these things hit me differently than others, but it's horrific no matter how you look at it.  I've spent the past week replaying events in my own life and questioning the level of freedom I thought I had from my own history.  I've questioned if it is still affecting me this way if maybe I'm not free from it all after all.  I've questioned if maybe this is something I'm going to battle for the rest of my life.  I've questioned if I can really help other survivors if I can't seem to help myself move past it.

And then it hit me...NO ONE should take this sort of news lightly.  It should affect everyone.  Everyone should be sickened and disheartened.  As a society we all need to react in a negative way.  We NEED to put a stop to this.  It is 2015 for crying out loud.  God did not intend for His children to be treated like this!  Sadly, this young woman has now joined the ranks of 1 in 4 who will be assaulted in their life time.  This isn't a statistic that should be true!  This isn't a club that I would wish upon my worst enemy.

As I go to bed tonight I can only pray that this woman has the support around her that I did when I went through it.  I can only pray that she is able to find freedom from this and that justice is served in her case.