I now know why my Granny, Grandma Monroe, Aunt, and Mama encouraged me to get quiet when a storm rolled in.
We had to turn off all electricity, even if we were doing homework. We had to get still. I hated it. Until I didn’t.
At some point I came to be fascinated by it. I would actually sit on the front porch.
They would say, “Watch God work.” That is exactly what I did.
Watch the storm come rolling in. Observe the behavior of the animals, the trees and the insects.
Usually I respond to the storm. That is the activist in me. Sometimes I have to force myself to sit back and observe.
Silence Has Rewards
So, when a celebrity is accused of sexual violence, I have forced myself to observe the storm.
Okay, I wasn’t always successful. But sometimes I was. And, because I was, I was able to see and hear quite a bit.
I was able to see that there were certain phrases being repeated over and over towards victims.
Here they are:
24 Phrases People Use to Try to Silence Survivors of Sexual Violence Compiled by Tonya GJ Prince
It is important to make people aware of their harmful habits. If they aren’t aware of them, they can’t change them. It also helps Survivors to know what to expect when a discussion around sexual violence comes up.
Feel free to add your own and discuss them in the comment section.
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