It has been a very long week for politicians especially those on the Republican party. Very long indeed.
During this long week, the main topic has been on Rep. Todd Akin and how he put his HUGE foot in his mouth. Akin made a very negative claim that "rape victims cannot get pregnant because 'the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.'" This claim sent shockwaves across the country. The media had a huge field day with the topic. The leaders of the Republican party asked Akin to step down from his Senate campaign, which he did not do.
Meanwhile, while this was going on, thousands of women stand silent.....in emotional and psychological pain. Reliving past trauma.....over and over again. These women are past rape and sexual assault victims. They also had a long week as well.
I should know how they are feeling because I am one of them.
I am a survivor of rape and sexual assault.
Unfortunately, the media has not discussed their side of the story until now. This is not the first time that this has happened. Back in 1991, during the Anita Hill-Clarance Thomas hearing, women stood silent as a 98% male majority Senate confirmed Thomas and added him to the Supreme Court. Anita's voice was silenced and her story of sexual harassment was not taken seriously. But as a result, women became empowered because women came out and got involved in politics to reduce this from happening again. Women made sure that they were heard loud and clear.
With Election 2012 campaigns in full-force, I am praying that women (and men too) take the time to let their voice heard especially those who are completely affected by the recent news coverage of Akin and Ryan's past bills that reduce a woman's right to feel empowered and make the right choices. I am angry to read that Republican agenda approves this strict anti-abortion when it comes to rape and sexual assault.
With that said, women, let your voice be heard! Don't be silent! Be LOUD and PROUD!
But if you are dealing with the pain from a past rape or sexual trauma, do seek help and receive mental health treatment for it. There are people who do care and willing to help. YOU are not alone!