Sorry, I’m Not Sorry, Matt Lauer! Here's What Being a Survivor of Sexual Assault & Exploitation Means by Brittany Moffatt

Opinion
3 years ago
Sorry, I’m Not Sorry, Matt Lauer! Here's What Being a Survivor of Sexual Assault & Exploitation Means

I love living in this time of female empowerment and #metoo. I love watching people who’ve abused their power for decades and gotten away with it fall. However, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that as a sexual assault survivor it hurts every morning! The endless headlines and conversations feel a little too late and it burns like a fresh blister on my heel after walking miles in new high heels. I’m so grateful, proud and astounded by these courageous women coming forward. Thank you for your voice and sacrifice. You have already suffered in ways many don’t understand.

  • Being a survivor means wondering who to tell and when.
  • Being a survivor means worrying about your livelihood.
  • Being a survivor means worrying about your reputation.
  • Being a survivor means questioning your own integrity.
  • Being a survivor means asking what you should have done to prevent it.
  • Being a survivor means asking WHY?

Really the only reason is that predatory behavior is about power and control. But that’s the last thing you feel when you’re in a hallway frantically pushing the call button for the elevator and your boss is forcing you against a wall trying to kiss you as you bend and bow in an attempt to get away.

Being a survivor is telling your story! #metoo

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Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
Thank you for sharing, Brittany Moffatt ! I think you've captured what many are feeling right now.
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Yes, Brittany Moffatt ! Thank you for sharing this. It’s an empowering time right now, as so many women share their survival stories. Thank you for putting into words what so many of us are feeling. It’s bittersweet, indeed. #metoo
S Roberts
so much risk in knowing if you should or shouldn't expose someone because of how it can come back on you
Brittany Moffatt
Thank you for your story and post! It truly is remarkable the lengths companies, schools, churches etc. go to protect these people. I found out after that my predator had paid out two other woman six figures (well, the company did) to get them to go away. I was furious. HE NEEDED TO LEAVE! Not the women. I’m also astounded at the short sentences for these crimes. My aunt was attacked, threatened and raped after a man broke into her house and I don’t think he served five years. He also raped many others. Hopefully this is the beginning of a MAJOR culture shift!
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Agreed, Brittany Moffatt - hopeful that this is a watershed moment for our culture. Needs to happen! #metoo
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
OMG, Stacey Roberts ! I am so sorry about what you went through. This is so upsetting, on many levels. Appreciate you sharing. #metoo

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