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Holding People Accountable

This week, a freshmen in high school tweeted about a boy slapping her on the ass and running down the hallway. “Don’t ever fucking touch me again,” she tweeted.

I asked her later if she told a teacher or reported it to anyone. She said she didn’t, and that she wouldn’t because she was afraid of the backlash it’d cause; the guy being more of a jerk, his friends accosting her, her own friends turning on her.

We live in a society where if a woman gets raped, it’s her fault. She was too drunk, too stoned, she wasn’t wearing enough clothing, she was flirting with the guy. The bottom line is that we have to stop these things before they start. We have to hold boys and men accountable when they cross lines.

Beyond that, women and young girls have to start standing up for themselves. We should no longer stay silent when a coworker touches us inappropriately, looks at us, or when a classmate grabs our butts. We deserve respect. We deserve to let people know that we are breaking out of the rape culture that’s been shoved down our throats since we were born.

Our advice this week here at AbortionChat is to stand up for yourself. Never back down.

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