Today has been a long long day and it has almost ended, and I thank God for that. Something horrible has happened today, and it made my heart sink and my stomach turn. I was in class minding my own business waiting for the teacher to teach, when all of a sudden I hear. “He looks like he’s gonna rape her.”
My head snapped to the voice and I went off on him. I told him what gives him the right to say such things about a human being. He said look at this picture, and it was of a young man taking a photo with a little girl. It looked pretty harmless to me, nothing about rape came off from the picture. The minute I saw how innocent photo was I told him that he was an idiot and is heartless to think that it was okay to say something like that. After I went off on him this one girl turned around and said. “Thank you.”
I couldn’t even say anything back I was in too much shock to even process that she said thank you. This made me so angry that I was thinking about the whole day then a realization came to me.
If he thought saying rape had no meaning to it, then other people thought that the word rape meant nothing.
I couldn’t let this go by, I just couldn’t. Letting people make assumptions about others especially rape is so not okay.
Rape victims are scarred for life, they are hurt. Their innocence was ripped away from them with no remorse and it makes me sick. I see people all over the news talking about their rape stories and how they can’t go without shaking or bursting into tears because they are being reminded of what has happened to them. I can’t say I know how they feel, I can’t even imagine how they feel. I’m not only talking about females, but males also.
This subject was a little bit on tender side but I had to get this out of my system. Knowing that people like the guy in my class walk by us on the street makes me so damn mad. People throwing the word rape around like it’s nothing makes me want to punch them in the face.
Assumptions are the worst things in the world, believe me. I feel absolutely horrible for the man that was called a rapist based on a photo with his cousin or sister or whomever they are to them. I also want to apologize to the girls and boys out there have been assaulted and that whatever they got they did not deserve. My heart goes out to you all and I want you to know that you are insanely strong.
If you have been assaulted in anyway please tell someone. I know you are scared of the outcome but keeping silent will not help you. Go and be heard.
Here is a 24 hour hotline that I got off a good website I will link it below:
Everything listed below is from the website
Call 416-597-8808 or TTY—416-597-1214, 24hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Ask to speak to a counselor. She will listen to and talk to you.
- If you are calling from a phone booth or do not want us to call you back for safety reasons, you can ask to be connected directly to a Counsellor.
- You can leave a message with your first name only and your telephone number. We will call you back and we will talk to you only.
Website link: http://trccmwar.ca/our-services/24-hour-crisis-line/
I care about you all.