As a survivor of sexual abuse, I'm disgusted to see how the stories of survivors are being used as political ammunition instead of impetus for change and compassion.
Instead of debating what is or isn’t “locker room talk", like Donald Trump insists, or yelling about whose behavior is more repugnant, I would urge us all to take a moment and recognize that in this moment of chaos and turmoil many thousands of victims of all genders, ethnicities, and backgrounds have found the courage to step forward and say “I was abused too".
Second, we cannot change the toxic norms that create the "locker room" mentality until we recognize that sexual violence is a much, much bigger problem than is normally seen.
The research on sexual abuse in all areas is clear and should be well-known. In short, victims of sexual abuse surround us. But the vast majority of survivors keep their victimization silent for a host of reasons.
Men, women, boys, and girls deal with sexual harassment, misconduct, rape and abuse in the workplace, in locker rooms, in their barracks, and often in the privacy of their own homes.
Christopher Anderson is a survivor of sexual abuse, domestic violence and other forms of trauma. He is an author and peer advocate for survivors and expert on the emotional impact of trauma on men and boys. He is a board member of malesurvivor.org.
Oringinally published on YourTango - http://www.yourtango.com/2016296363/hey-donald-trump-stop-using-survivors-sexual-violence-as-political-props#fb-comments