Why Men Need To Wake Up

Thought Catalog

Last week I sat in a room full of people listening to a woman recount her own story of sexual abuse at the hands of her brother, to later find out her sister was subject to the same sexual abuse at the hands of their father. Before she even spoke, however, tears saturated my lap. It’s as if women can sense each other’s pain – the distinct pain of being a woman – in one glance – through the portal to our souls. This woman, in her life, had become the victim of commercial sexual exploitation and struggled, like many women, to emerge from the spiraling black-hole of shame and despair that follows such a life.

When I was born I was born a human being. It was not until I reached maybe school-age that I realized…

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