Why Say Me Too?

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by Precarious Yates

Anyone who has been on social media the last few days has witnessed a movement that gives women the opportunity to voice what happened to them. This “#metoo” phenomenon.

For years, women who spoke up about their own molestation, rape or sexual harassment received a black mark on their reputation. Some lost their careers. Some lost their credibility. And a vast majority of these women struggle with wounds upon their soul that are crippling. The lack of trust. Constantly looking over one’s shoulder. Cringing at the sound of laughter, or even the sound of a voice.

It takes a lot of healing to overcome the repercussions of abuse and harassment.

Writers have a unique opportunity to walk through healing on the page, to process the emotions and memories that hound or hinder us. Through fiction, we can tell the truth about what happened to us, and we can do it in a way that doesn’t destroy lives. We can face the fear and walk through forgiveness. And the best part is, we don’t only do that for ourselves. Our story may touch one other person, or a thousand other people, those who haven’t had the courage before to say anything. When we prayerfully pen those painful episodes of our lives, we can encourage other women who may have felt devastatingly alone.

Our stories may even boost our own courage.

This movement, where women can say “me too” without shame, should not be about politics, or even about one worldview over another. It should be about kindness and restoring the dignity of others. Women everywhere have experienced this. Prayerfully telling about this reality in Christian fiction may provide an avenue for someone to finally seek healing, and seek it through Christ. It’s by His stripes that we are healed!

How do I know that it’s by His stripes we are healed?

Because…

#metoo

And the more we tell our story, the more we can give courage and dignity to the men around us who have kept silent for years, who have been afraid for decades to even whisper, “Me too,” to their closest friends. It’s more frequent than most admit. Raising our voices in story can help stop the cycle of abuse, even in one life.

Have you written a story or scene that helped you overcome a traumatic event in your own life?

About the Author:

Precarious YatesPrecarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their big dogs. When she’s not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms, praying and reading. She holds a Masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.

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