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Micah Grimes @MicahGrimes
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Spend 5 minutes looking at Twitter replies tonight and you’ll quickly see why women agonize about coming forward to report sexual assault. The shaming begins immediately, led by white men. The paradigm is as old as time: question everything about the woman, shame her.
This comes out of a system where women were to be seen, not heard; where women were addressed by their husbands’ names; where husbands owned everything; where women couldn’t vote. The society was built around women being quiet at the pleasure of men who made the society’s rules.
And then men who made the rules of the society created and controlled the levers of influence and punishments that kept more women quiet. But slowly, the society has changed over time. Long way still to go, though, obviously.
In some places, women are still killed for reporting being raped, b/c somehow it was made a thing in the society that it was the victim’s wrong for daring to report the man / men’s actions. Often, the women are shamed and/or killed, and the men go free.…
In the US, women are killed constantly by men who think they control the women. Constantly. Never ends. Every day. Thousands, perhaps millions of American women, have to fear this each day.…
"Why didn't she come forward right after this happened!? Why did she wait until NOW!?" demand men who were raised to be outspoken, speak up for themselves, fist-fight for themselves.

Many can't understand how hard it is to be a victim, b/c they have always been the aggressor.
There's a difference between questioning / verifying an accusation vs. instinctively launching into an assault on the story and character of an accuser.

Yes, sometimes false accusations are made.

But those, as the data show, are the far outlier.…
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