Inappropriate touching, when it happens to you. It ranges from a shade over the line to violent rape. Statistically, there’s a damn good chance it has happened, or will happen to you.
“Every 92 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. And every 9 minutes, that victim is a child. Meanwhile, only 5 out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison. “- www.rainn.org.
So when it happens, you have the power to decide what action you take. Some touches are worse than others, and you know the difference.
Here’s a range of escalating actions you can take when inappropriate touching takes place. Your gut will tell you which ones to employ.
If you feel safe:
Immediately call them out on it.
“WHOA. That’s not OK.”
Remove yourself from the area.
Tell 2 friends.
And your HR department.
Be sure and tell your significant other.
Inform other women who may find themselves in a similar situation.
Tell the police.
Tell, tell, tell.
We’ve been culturally trained to keep our mouths shut and not make a fuss.
Without a fuss, nothing changes.
If you don’t feel safe.
This is where you’re going to have to use your best judgement.
Anything is game to get you to safety.
Running, screaming, playing along.
Remember: There is nothing you did to ask for this. This is not your fault. It is not your dark secret. It is a global problem that we improve, if we shine the light on it.
There are many resources (free!) and people to help you get through this. Use them.
The National Sexual Assault Hotline. Call 24/7
Or here’s a list other resources that can help. It’s easier when you don’t cope with it alone. #MeToo