When I was a young professional, I was raped by a co-worker and no one believed me.
I share that brutal piece of information because, over a decade later, when the #metoo movement happened, I was completely in favor of it. I was horrified at the number of stories that were shared but simultaneously thrilled that those stories were seeing the light of day as victims took their power back. A year after the movement started, I mustered the courage to share my story publicly for the first time since it happened (though I clearly did not understand how a hashtag worked at the time). For me, it transformed my experience with what happened into something that was empowering rather than something debilitating.
The Black Man
From stop-and-frisk to driving while black to wrongful murder convictions, African American men have always endured the suspicion that President Trump now fears on behalf of all men. “When you are guilty until proven innocent, it’s just not supposed to be that way,” per Trump. “That’s a very dangerous standard for the country.”
Along with Bill Cosby and many others, we hear continued reports of women sexually harassed, assaulted, and abused by males in a position of power, authority, and community respect.
What happens when the man is accused to sexual assault and not only is it not true but he is neither in a position of power or a figure of authority in the workplace?