It’s important to remember that many young victims of sexual abuse do not report their abuse until many years later, or never at all. What connects survivors who report and those who don’t is the sense of shame and the blame they carry on their shoulders. They need to know that they are not alone, and it is not their fault.
Rape culture exists in America, in California, and right here in Merced. What is frightening is that most people don't know what it is, and don't know they contribute to it. We need to face this because it directly affects people in our community, and the battle starts with raising awareness.
“We shouldn’t be watching this, we’re going to get in trouble,” I pleaded. “Stop tripping, nothing is going to happen, I always do this,” he replied. I felt a little safer thinking I wasn’t going to get in trouble.