Conservative Republicans who are supporting Donald Trump after he bragged about sexual assault are nearly as despicable as Trump himself. They feed into a very dangerous culture that accepts violence against women. And no, this is not “God’s will.”
There is no one right way to survive a sexual assault or rape. There is no one right way to feel; and as survivors heal, they learn not to judge themselves. See, we learn not to judge survivors, because we learn that judgement can wound as deeply as assault. If a woman finds herself pregnant after a rape, we do not judge the choices she makes.
I do not judge the choice of a rape survivor who carries a rape pregnancy to term. But, the whole point is CHOICE… Consent. You see Repubs, the violation of rape is more than physical. Rapists strip women of our right to choose…of our right to say “NO”….of our right to control what is happening to our bodies. And most of our assailants tell us it’s our fault, and they tell us to be silent, and sometimes they even tell us that it’s God’s Will.
That is the core violation of rape…it takes away Choice. Now, some of you believe it’s fine to ignore a woman’s right to choose because of your interpretation of Divinity. Does that sound familiar? So, let me explain something to you.
When women survive sexual assault, they are the gift. When we survive and when we go on to love and to work and to speak out, and when we go on to have fun and to laugh and to dance, to cry and to LIVE….. When we do that, we defeat our attacker.
For a moment, they strip us of our choices, but when we heal, we take our choices back. We are the gift to ourselves and to our families and our communities and our nation when we survive.
So let me say this very clearly to you Republicans, and to all of your shameless supporters, we did not survive an attack on our consent just to turn around and give up our right to choose to YOU.
Not without a fight.
Are you sure you wanna have that fight?