Pinoy sexual assault victims share experiences at #MeTooRally

Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Nov 15 2017 09:17 PM

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HOLLYWOOD, California – Filipinos were among the hundreds who took to the streets of Hollywood for the #MeTooRally.

In light of a series of entertainment industry sex scandals, the hashtag #MeToo has become a battle cry as more women are coming out to share their traumatic experiences, including some of producer Harvey Weinstein’s accusers.

“We want to uplift those voices that may be marginalized and say this doesn’t only impact people in Hollywood. This doesn’t only impact people in academia, it impacts everyday women,” said Ivy Quicho, an organizer from AF3IRM. “And everyday, perpetrators are often people we know. Not just this big-wig public people in positions of power.”

For activist Quicho, victims don’t only come from the entertainment or political worlds. Quicho’s abuser was an uncle.

But no matter who the assailant is, for many women, the hardest part is coming out.

“I, individually, have been a survivor of child sexual abuse, also of rape, when I was in high school. On a personal level, I’m here because I want to share my story with other survivors and tell them they’re worth it. For me, personally, what’s been central to my healing has been my organizing with AF3IRM.”

And now may be a time for more victims to band together and empower each other.

Statistics show that sexual assault attempts have happened to one in every six women.

Studies show that sexual violence can have long-term effects — from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to drug abuse and even suicide — but whether it’s in this protest or online, coming forward and sharing their stories has helped in the healing process.

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