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Let’s talk about rape. Just kidding, no one wants to talk about rape.  But, if that statement made you feel uncomfortable, keep reading because this isn’t going where you might think.  In fact, while a rape allegation is the inspiration, it is not the focus of this discussion. Actually, the focus is on causing a shift in that very reaction you may have experienced reading the first sentence.

It happened yesterday as I was scrolling through my Twitter feed. I came across a tweet by E. Jean Carroll who accused Trump of raping her in a changing room in Bergdorf Goodman back in 1995. It wasn’t Carroll’s tweet but the first response to her tweet that drew me in…

I found myself vacillating between attacking the author, and protecting Carroll.  As I reread the tweet, I realized I had a third option.  I could share the impact this sort of statement has on a rape survivor.  Because, I actually do have a unique perspective from which I can share.  I was thrilled at his response…

And, it got better…

 

I mean it too. Along my own healing journey, I have found the most productive conversations have begun with when I step outside my judgements and assumptions.

What questions do you have for this rape/sex-trafficking survivor?  Believe me, I’ve heard them all, and I am happy to answer as often as needed in order to support both education and those along their own healing journey.

 

 

 

 

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