On the heels of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault testimony against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, many are coming out and sharing their stories.
'Fuller House' star Jodie Sweetin instagrammed both her support for Christine Blasey Ford, and she shared her heartbreaking story.
In a revealing Instagram post, Sweetin, 36, discussed her assault, and why she did not come forward sooner.
"I stand with her. I AM her. I was the girl who never reported because I blamed myself. I was the woman who never reported because I didn't want to go through the pain and ridicule. The same sort of pain that I witnessed Dr Christine Blasey Ford walk through today. What we saw today is about a much bigger issue of survivors of sexual assault being persecuted, judged and re-traumatized when they do come forward. We are told that if it were 'real', we would have reported it at the time. Often when we were merely children or young girls. Girls who were assaulted and then had 'whore' written on lockers because rumors spread. Girls who were afraid of becoming a pariah in their social circles because they told the truth. It was easier to stay quiet. And as we grew older and it happened again, we had been trained to remain silent. We had learned the lesson that no one will believe us. That even if someone DOES, it holds no consequence. We had watched other women come forward, only to be told 'there were no witnesses, so it's your word against his', knowing that 'his' story is always more believed than 'hers.'"
Many embraced Sweetin for coming forward, and it inspired users to come forward about their assaults and rapes.
My Two Cents
It's incredibly inspiring to see all these women coming forward and speaking their truths.
I was molested twice (when I was 6 and 7), and I was raped once (when I was 15).
Reporting anything traumatic can be painful. Having to relive everything that happened is something I wouldn't wish on anyone. People will ridicule you, judge you, and that type of grief can cause even more trauma. This is why a lot of victims don't come forward. Unless you've been there, you could never understand. Don't talk sh*t about something you know nothing about.
I thank Jodie Sweetin, Busy Phillips, and other female celebrities for coming forward with their stories, and inspiring women like me to share my story. We are in this together.
#MeToo #JodieSweetin #Instagram #DrChristineBlaseyFord #ImWithHer #listentoyourwomen #tellyourtruth #ihearyou
See Jodie's story below:
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