From a Student Perspective
We live in a world where on social media and television, sex is flaunted and glamorized. I use to remember thinking it was only something that people who are in love do. But once I got to eighth grade I started to really learn what our society is really like. I remember about halfway through my eighth grade year, a rumor about how two people had sex in the cafeteria bathroom. When I first heard that rumor, I was disgusted. But after getting over that I thought to myself, “why would anyone do that, did someone force someone. Or did they just want to seem cool?” Our society has made it where, losing your virginity at a young age is the “cool” thing to do. Sometimes though, one of the partners is pressured into doing it. Or not wanting to do it in the first place.
But they may think speaking up will make them not “cool.”
I know I have been put in a place where, I was pressured into doing something that I didn’t want to do. It was hard to keep my foot down and say no. Because when you’re going to be put in one of those situations you think, “Oh if I don’t want to do it, I’ll just say no.” But once you have it happening to you, and multiple people are pressuring you to do it because thats what everyone else is doing, it’s hard to stand up for yourself. But I know when I stood up for myself, I was proud of myself. I knew that I didn’t want to do what I was being asked so I just kept saying "no". But then I thought to myself, “Is this the world we live in, where someone just expects someone to do what they want.” It’s disgusting how, I was proud about how I told someone no multiple times and stood up for myself. Shouldn't they just respect how I feel; then when I told them no they should of respected that?
Speaking up about sexual harassment is such an important thing we should be doing. I feel such sadness when I know some people aren’t speaking up because they feel like they can’t, or people will judge them. When you speak up about sexual harassment, you might not just be helping yourself, you could be helping others. By showing that it’s happening to other people to and If we do nothing about it, nothing will happen.
-Hannah Beers, WMW Member