Me Too, And You?

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Every woman has a story. Every woman can tell you about their first time. Each one of us can tell you how, at a very young age, we were unknowingly groomed – or abruptly forced – to navigate the everyday landscape of unwanted advances, cat calls, lewd stares, sexual innuendos and wayward hands. Or worse.

metooMy first time took place in a hotel elevator in Los Angeles. All I wanted was a bucket of ice. I was 12 years old. I had to go from the third to first floor, and so I boldly left the comfort of my room (and my family) to accomplish this simple task of independence. Four men were in there – smelling of dirt and chemicals, body odor and construction sites. Their conversation halted when the doors opened, and then they all stared. There was a split second of hesitation on my part. My brain told me to wait in the hall for the next one. But that would be so rude, I thought. That would be silly. Continue reading

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Rape? Don’t Cry for the Colts

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The Indianapolis Colts are used to being tested. They are no strangers to adversity … what with head coach Chuck Pagano battling leukemia in 2012, and owner Jim Irsay being arrested and charged with DWI last year and then serving a six-week suspension.

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Colts linebacker Josh McNary.

But when the news broke yesterday about Colts linebacker Josh McNary being charged with rape, it was like something out of a B-movie on cable. And I have to shamefully admit that my first thoughts were these: not now, and whoa, the timing is suspicious. Right before we travel to Foxborough, Mass., to fight for the AFC Championship? Could the New England Patriots be behind this? Would they sink this low … and actually set a player up just to throw off our game? I was desperate.

And then I read the criminal complaint, and reality set in. Nope. Not a joke. The nightmare is real, but it isn’t for the National Football League, because if anyone has learned anything over the past year, immediate (and appropriate) action should and will be taken. And the nightmare isn’t for the Colts organization, because let’s remember … it’s a football team. Yes, we’re playing in an important game, but the key word here is … game. Continue reading

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