I’d like to say a little something about the movement #MeToo.
I have been the victim of sexual and physical abuse, starting when i was age 10, goïng on till age 16.
I stayed silent, feeling afraid, ashamed and quilty.
It took me quite a few years to find out that me keeping my mouth shut was exactly what made the abuse possible.
The perpetator wasn’t afraid, nor ashamed, nor did he express any feelings of quilt.
And why should he? He had nothing to be afraid of.
Victim stayed silent, adults who knew stayed silent, literally nothing or nobody stood in his way.
In those days, this was the conspiracy running through the veins of the society. As long as nobody complained, the issue didn’t need to be addressed.
The few victims who did dare to speak out, sometimes years after the facts, were facing disbelief or were discredited as ‘attention seekers’.
Hashtag #MeToo has been a huge trigger for me. As for so many others.
Flashbacks, nightmares, anger, pain, intense sadness, it’s all coming back.
Yet, it is worth every tear, every sleepness night it causes.
Because MeToo encourages all of us, victims and witnesses, to come out and make our voices heard.
We can and will no longer allow perpetrators to have it their way. They are beïng called out and given the blame they deserve.
Seems their turn to be afraid finally has come.
For me, the most important thing that has happened is the enormous succes of #MeToo.
Thousands of women coming forward, may it be whispering, may it be shouting;
We will no longer be silent!
I am so deeply gratefull for all these courageous women.
By coming forward, by speaking out, they make the world a safer place for all of us.
Perpetrators will no longer be able to play their vicious, disgusting games, they can no longer rely on the victims beïng silent.
Our daughters, our granddaughters, won’t have to feel afraid to speak, won’t have to ask themselves who is to blame.
They will know they shall be heard, they will know their body is theirs and theirs alone.
We will teach them how to fight, how to scream and shout and scare the hell out of cowardly perpetrators.
Thank you, #MeToo, for giving us a voice.
Thank you, all brave women for coming forward, for making us visible, for saving our children.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you.