I am one tiny person in this enormous universe. I can’t do much to change the world. But that’s not gonna stop me from trying to help those affected by it.
I don’t think this thread is going to be wildly popular because I know so many people want to stay silent. Either they’re embarrassed or scared or upset by something that’s happened.
I want to tell you to please, please speak up.
-If you see someone getting bullied, defend them.
-If someone has hurt you, speak up.
-If someone is disrespecting someone else because of their race, religion, sexuality, etc, tell them off!
-If someone is looking upset, don’t feel awkward…please help them…you could save a life…
-If you’ve been sexually assaulted or abused, tell someone. I know it’s hard but you have to!
I’m making this thread because I have experienced racism, sexism, sexual assault, and more. I kept it all to myself for years, I only talked about my experience recently, and since then, I’ve felt safer because the guy who sexually assaulted me has a restraining order and I can finally go anywhere without having to worry about being near him again.
I admit, telling my family was rough. My twin brother was so mad that he sought the guy out and fought him until a cop had to restrain and arrest him. My Dad became so overprotective and didn’t want me to go too far away without him. My older brother acts the same, but Elliot was the best, he supported me and let me talk instead of trying to save me, he let me save myself.
Elliot (who some of you have met, and who also IS OKAY with me talking about this) tried to take his own life a few years ago because he was being bullied and didn’t speak up. Had he come to talk to one of us, maybe we could have prevented it. Anyway, he somehow survived, and after, we stopped at nothing to make sure he was happy again. We moved here in Hawaii to get away from the bullies at our school and we took him to therapy, and most importantly, we showed him how much he is loved.
My point is, I can’t make a difference. I’m no one important. But I want to help. I’m not a therapist of any kind, and I probably give the worst advice, but I want people to speak up about not only themselves but for others. Help everyone in any way you can, please. We can make a difference together. Not alone.