We are all survivors of sexual assault in some way – Shocking revelations by Viola Davis

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Famous American Producer and Actress have shared shocking details about sexual assault in her childhood. She was speaking at Rape Foundation Event. Here are some of the things she mentioned in her speech.

Myself, my mother, my sisters, my friend Rebecca, my friend from childhood, we all have one thing in common: we are all survivors of sexual assault in some way, shape or form.

When I was young, there were so many men in the neighbourhood who gave you money if they could touch you.

Going over to a friend’s house for a birthday party at the age of seven, there was always someone there who touched you.

She talked about her sister Danielle who, when she was 8 years old, went to the corner store one afternoon and was sexually assaulted in the aisles. “She told my mom right away – my mom ran down to the store. The store owner’s response was: ‘He does that to all the little girls,'” Davis recalled, “My mom flagged down the police, and the perpetrator did pay. He paid. He was fined $10 a month. It’s over for him, but I’d like to redefine survivor.”

Memories demand attention, because memories have teeth.

That sexual assault perpetrator can move on. The only person who rapes is the rapist. The person who is left behind has to pay over, and over, and over again.

My sister is now a heroin addict, she’s a prostitute. The friend of mine who’s a survivor, I call her a survivor because her seven-year-old daughter was taken from the backyard of her grandma’s house while playing in the middle of the day.

They couldn’t find her for an entire day, and they finally found her sexually assaulted, strangled, dead. So her mom, she’s surviving. It’s just that when she’s surviving, when she’s alive just having a meal, she has flashbacks – post-traumatic stress disorder.


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