By Angela Tooley
I’ve always loved Rosie the Riveter. Rosie represents the empowerment of women in the World War II work force. She is tough and ready to meet the challenge of that time.
Today females are being challenged to find empowerment in another arena – defending themselves from sexual harassment. Harassing behavior exists from bullying to physical violation. Decades ago numerous costly lawsuits changed the workplace and gave young women like myself a voice to speak against such harassment.
I wonder what has changed?
Why does it seem like that females are defenseless against this dehumanizing attack?
- Pornography normalizes this behavior by the perpetrator.
- Pornography normalizes the acceptance and the conformity of the victims.
- Women feel they have to put up with this to advance their careers due to the glass ceiling of unequal pay and/or opportunities as men.
- Women want to avoid embarrassment.
- Women do not want to jeopardize their reputation.
- Women don’t think anyone will believe them.
- Women don’t believe it will do any good.
- Women, especially young ladies who have grown up with pornography may not have ever realized that they can so no to unwanted advances.
Those who have already come forward have been truly brave. Those who still need to come forward will need support.
For anyone reading this who has been a victim, and for anyone who feels like it is too late to be helped; we pray for you every day. There is help and hope, and we would love to share that with you.
For anyone who has been the perpetrator, there is help and hope for you, too.
The daily revelations of inappropriate sexual behavior have been stunning: entertainers, executives, politicians, journalists, teachers, and clergy. Sadly, I expect the revelations to continue and to eventually hit too close to our homes.
How will you respond?
Men and women, we are all empowered to say NO and to end any acceptance of these kinds of inappropriate behaviors.
Noble Choices stands with you as we:
- educate about today’s pornography culture
- empower youth to do the right thing
- foster safe environments
- provide recovery resources
This is for all of us.
We can do it!