Quotes

Maya Angelou

Author

“I can be changed by what happens to me but I refuse to be reduced by it.”

 

Terry Crews

Actor and former NFL Player

Spoke at Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

Came out a year after being sexually assaulted.  He didn’t come out earlier for fear of being ostracized.

Filed a lawsuit saying it’s time to hold the perpetrator “accountable for his sexual predatory behavior” related to having his genitals grabbed by a high-powered Hollywood agent.

 

Taylor Swift

Singer

In court, Taylor Swift's mother, Andrea Swift, said she did not go to police when her daughter first told her she had been groped because: "I did not want this event to define her life."  Making her relive this awful moment over and over again," 

Former Denver country radio DJ David Mueller had sued Swift, alleging the pop star got him fired when she said that he lifted her skirt and groped her during a meet-and-greet at a 2013 concert. Swift countersued for a symbolic $1, accusing Mueller of assault and battery.

“You should not be blamed for waiting 15 minutes or 15 days or 15 years to report sexual assault or harassment, or for the outcome of what happens to a person after he or she makes the choice to sexually harass or assault you.”

“I am not going to allow your client to make me feel like it is any way my fault, because it isn’t .”

Sara Onitsuka

Genderqueer Activitst

 
 
 
 

Albert Camus

Don't walk in front of me,
I may not follow.
Don't walk behind me
I may not lead.
Just walk beside me
and be my friend.

 

Theo Fleury

Retired hockey star (Calgary Flames)

“I’m not a victim anymore.”

 

Viola Davis

“The predator wants your silence.”

 

Aparna Nancherla

Actress and comedian

“Asking women why they didn’t report their sexual assault right away is akin to asking someone why they didn’t report their own kidnapping” —her Twitter, October 2017

 
 

Anonymous 23-year-old survivor of Brock Allen Turner’s assault 

“On nights when you feel alone, I am with you. When people doubt you or dismiss you, I am with you. I fought every day for you. So never stop fighting, I believe you.” 

 

Aly Raisman

Olympic Athlete

In a July 18, 2018 article for ESPN, Aly Raisman wrote a note to herself during an interview,

“Take action now when it matters.”

 

Rachel Denhollander

Olympic Athlete

The first woman to come forward publicly to accuse Larry Nasser of sexual misconduct. 

“We need to encourage and support those brave enough to speak out. Predators rely on community protection to silence victims and keep them in power.”

 

Lady Gaga

Artist

 “I’ll be damned if somebody’s gonna say that every creatively intelligent thing I ever did is all boiled down to one dickhead that did that to me.”

Read more at https://www.marieclaire.co.uk/life/celebrity-quotes-on-sexual-assault-and-rape-22265#RrFLBwi2xqwylC45.99

 

As I explore and process, I’ll remember to leave space for my healing. Whatever I do, I will try my absolute hardest not to feel any shame or guilt for being me.

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