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Yes! - They are so brave!

Posted: Dec 6th, 2017 - 7:55 am In Reply to: Silence Breakers named person(s) of the year by - Time magazine. nm

I have been thinking about this. When I was 18 I went out with a guy who was around 30-something. I felt really flattered and he was such a gentleman--opening doors, taking me out to dinner--it was like my first "grown up" dating--I justified it by telling myself there was nothing wrong with going out with an "older man". He started pressuring me for more sexual contact and I felt really trapped. I made it out without losing my dignity.

When I look back, I am just disgusted because I can see he was really trying to take advantage of my vulnerability and lack of experience. He is in a local public office now, but I would never come out publicly about this. I would be way too embarrassed to let anyone know how stupid I was at that age. When I think back, I know he did this to at least one other younger girl, so there are probably more.

I think this whole situation has gotten worse over the years largely in part of popular movies and TV shows that have become more sexually explicit and confusing to younger people. I am often shocked by things I see the younger kids posting and talking about. Most often I see this from kids who have not had stable family lives and are lacking in self esteem--a lot like my own background.

We still need sex education and education regarding relationships in schools. With the cuts to school budgets and the lack of political support for women in some states like Alabama, this sort of thing will continue to happen. Parents, guard your children!


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