The first time I remember, I was 14 years old. I was walking home from my part time job when I heard a whistle from a house nearby. When I looked over, a man was exposing himself to me from the bushes. Not quite sure of what to do, I ran the rest of the way home to tell my parents. The police were called, but there wasn’t much they could do. When they went to the home, the guy was gone. That was the first time. Then there were the cat calls, the threatening guy on the bike, my dad’s co-worker who made a comment about my hips, and the radio co-worker old enough to be my dad who put the moves on me. We are tired. When we hear about the Jian’s, Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein’s of the world, we’re angry that it”s still happening. Men ask us why we never said anything. Thing is, we did. We either weren’t believed, or the behaviour was swept under the rug. In the case of the co-worker, my boss at the time didn’t want me to tell anyone, because ‘we don’t want to ruin his reputation’.
The ‘me too’ campaign proves that sexual harassment and assault are still an issue to be dealt with.
Let’s raise our voices, share our stories and say ‘enough is enough’.