The next time you scroll through your Facebook news feed or thumb through Twitter, take notice of how many friends have changed their status to "Me too."

I noticed this yesterday and it immediately peaked my interest when I saw how many of my female friends were posting it. Unfortunately, my curiosity quickly turned to sadness when I figured out why.

After women in Hollywood started to come forward about their encounters with Hollywood movie executive, Harvey Weinstein, actress Alyssa Milano called on ALL women to speak up about sexual assault by changing their status to "#MeToo" if they had ever been a victim.  According to CNN, the response has gone viral and women from around the world are sharing their survival stories; that includes mine.

I'll keep it brief and I'll leave out the details of that night (there were more than one, but this night stands out more than the rest and it will forever be a part of me); I can tell you this- when I was 17 I was living out of my car; I slept wherever I could for as long as I could until I'd have to move onto the next place.

During that time, I was sexually assaulted by one of the people who let me stay with them. It took a day or two, but I finally told someone, a family member, and they didn't believe me; in fact, they said I probably deserved it. I didn't tell anyone else until I found out I was pregnant, three months later.

Because no one believed me, I never shared that story with anyone for at least ten years, not even family. I let them believe that I was just this promiscuous teen who had no idea who the father of her baby was. There was some truth to that, but believe me, while I didn't know him personally, I will always know who he is when I look at my son.

If you've ever been a victim of sexual harassment or assault, don't be afraid to speak up and let your voice be heard. The time is now to share your story and begin the healing process.

And to those who think that women are just doing this for attention, you're part of the problem and a the biggest reason women never told anyone in the first place. Just, stop.

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