You can choose to look away, but you cannot say you didn’t know.
#MeToo won the person of the year for 2017. How could a hashtag win person of the year? How many people were just waiting for something like this hashtag before they would pour out the secret they had been keeping for days, months, years, or even decades? Women, men, and children could, at last, tell the secret they had been carrying, the secret that changed their lives forever, the secret that made them see the world forever in a different light: a world that cannot be trusted.
This secret of having been sexually harassed or assaulted raises all kinds of questions, both about the secret itself and the secrecy surrounding it: why would anyone who has been sexually harassed or assaulted keep this secret? Why wouldn’t they report it immediately? Who is the predator and what does he or she look like? What are the signs of abuse, assault or harassment? What are the consequences? And finally, how can we protect our kids?
This book is for every concerned parent, social worker, caregiver, teacher, and healthcare professional who works with children. It is to help us “check the weather” with our children’s moods and behaviors so we can be aware of what is going on in their lives.