I woke up with a splitting headache. Now I’m in tears, reading so many stories of how we were ogled and grappled and grabbed and harassed, abused. I am triggered by the evil words of that evil man. I am remembering how I was walking to Riverside Park in NYC, my skates over my shoulder as a man walked towards me with a smile and beckoned me to come close. I was raised to be polite. I did. He bent down and told me what he wanted to do to me. I didn’t understand what he was saying but I knew I’d better run. I was 8. The same age as my beloved granddaughter. I got away, only to be ogled and groped and grappled and harassed for decades after that. Now I’m afraid for our daughters and granddaughters. There are far too many men like the evil one. Far too many.
One good thing to come out of this is: 10 million women sharing their stories online. Please read: the Washington Post’s ‘This is rape culture’: After Trump video, thousands of women share sexual assault stories