I wasn’t expecting to find this type of article about sexual violence and assault in a Cosmo magazine.
Please support your friends when they say your help is needed. The aftermath of my own sexual assault was extremely overwhelming. Supportive individuals along the way made a huge difference in my well-being and ability to seek legal justice.
I didn’t have experience navigating the civilian legal system and was completely clueless about the military’s system (which was like learning the laws of a different country). Women reach out to me that I don’t even know about their experiences of being assaulted either while abroad or with the military. Determined to be supportive, I have been able to advocate on behalf of them at different levels.
Thankfully, I know some of the individuals in the mentioned agencies and I know there are people who are passionately trying to help individuals who have been sexually assaulted.
I wish we lived in an ideal world where people treated each other with respect and dignity rather than violate personal space and boundaries for personal gratification. Until then, I will listen, learn, advocate, and take action where I can to prevent these injustices and keep those who commit them accountable.