Sexual assault is not usually in the wheelhouse of issues I feel comfortable talking about but I feel on a gut level how powerful it must be for folks from groups like SARA to deal with these issues every day. I received a letter from a sexual assault survivor who had a powerful reaction to Wes Bellamy's pro-rape comments and asked that I share it here:
Dear Mr. Kessler,
I appreciate your efforts to let the Wes Bellamy story unfold. After all, these are his words not yours. A person in his position should be held to the highest standard.
I'm writing as a sexual assault survivor. I prefer to remain anonymous since my children, friends, and extended family have no idea of what I've been through.
I would really appreciate it if you could point out the fact that Mr Bellamy was already the father of three little girls when he tweeted those disgusting comments. He was already "a man".
Some of the vilest and most disturbing ones written about women were written AFTER he became a father. Three times over.
Mr Bellamy has three daughters aged 5,6, and 7 at the time of the 2015 article. That means they were born beginning in 2008.
When I read his words, and the people supporting him, I am victimized all over again. How can anyone, especially women and mothers, forgive that?
He talks about SARA in his Facebook post like that is supposed to matter to me. Are we really supposed to believe that a switch was flipped when he won office and suddenly he no longer felt the way he did for so long?
Character is how you behave when no one is looking. He fails miserably.
Thank you for your work
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