By Sonshine Wiley
Social Media gives us access to the family and friends we aren’t able to see all the time. It provides a way for us to access people within the networks of those friends and families as well. Sometimes we are completely blown away by the amazing connections we are able to make, and then there are the times we are totally not on board with a someone’s personality. This is the power of having a choice to friend and unfriend whomever is within your reach.
So, what happens when you are a 35 year old woman who’s new suggested friend happens to be your rapist from when you were an 8 year old little girl? This is not an uncommon occurrence, and many are faced with the decision to run and tell the world about this horrible person or (for fear that many will defend and victim blame) hide in the shadows afraid that this person still has the power.
How many times has someone who committed horrible acts been exonerated by the public because to those people this person is a “good person”? Our society no longer yields to moral compass and accountability, but to public opinion. However, in an effort to support victims, there are resources available to assist with instances such as this both on and off social media platforms.
The ability to block the person and all of their mutual connections is available as well as emotional support through therapy and online support groups. Seeking out these options may not bring a person to further accountability, but it does save the victim from suffering more than they already have. In addition, making sure the act is reported to the proper authorities so that justice is served can provide a solution.
Every voice that speaks in truth contributes to this solution. Breaking the silence could potentially keep this from happening to others.