So many people I know have posted "Me Too" as their social media status, indicating that they have been sexually harassed or assaulted.
There are a number of occurrences in my life that remain as clear in my mind as if they occurred yesterday, even though some of these happened years ago.
- Taking a male co-worker with me to a real estate appointment in the country because I sensed something wasn't quite right. The male client answers the door wearing little more than a smirk which quickly changed when he realised I wasn't alone.
- Being on a business call with a male co-worker 40 years my senior and suddenly he pulls over to the side of the road and makes his move.
- Applying for a promotion for what I thought would be my dream job and being so thrilled to be called for an interview. Being told the job could be mine if I was interested - and then a hand is placed on my knee. Another woman landed that job and I am ashamed to admit that I wondered if she showed her "interest".
- Finding porn on my laptop after my boss borrowed it for the weekend.
Fast forward 40 years and it is still prevalent.
I am thankful that, today, people are talking about it. That high profile people who behave in such a fashion are finally losing their jobs and their social standing.
I am thankful that, for each battle I fought - whether I won or lost - my path has led me to where I am today.
I am proud to state publicly "Me too" and to take a stand with others who are saying enough is enough.
I am happy that every trial by fire provides an opportunity to rise from the ashes and forge a new and better life.