I'm the only woman in my family who has not been raped.
Writing that statement makes me sad. It makes me angry. It makes me cry. It makes me want to do something.
Sexual assault and men's violence against women are unspeakable crimes. And something needs to be done.
It's about power. It's about men's power over women. Until men change - patriarchy is eliminated - women must stand up and fight back. As women, we have to stand up and say that it is NOT okay. Women are not sexual objects existing for the purpose of men's sexual (or violent) pleasure. Men can fight this fight as well.
One way to start to do this, is to report sexual assault. If the crime goes unreported, the criminal gets away with it and is not punished. If they are punished, they learn that it is NOT okay and will think twice before they hurt another woman.
Because that next woman could be anyone.