but the #MeToo movement has nothing to do with “treatment”

Here is the article:

https://patch.com/massachusetts/watertown/s/ggqpa/ma-beauty-queen-relinquishes-crown-after-pageants-metoo-joke

While I agree that the joke was uncalled for, did you read the last line of the article? Something about #metoo bashers discouraging women from getting treatment. Huh?

What does treatment have to do with sexual harassment? Treatment FOR sexual harassment? This is not what the #metoo movement is about. It’s about speaking up. Saying it happened to you, too.

I was harmed, too, raped also, and am a victim of medical malpractice. Do I owe it to the world, or to myself, to get treatment for this?

Or, rather, does the #metoo movement encourage me to speak out?  It does! The movement empowers women and allows for that dialogue. There is a huge difference here. Do you see the disconnected logic?

I don’t owe it to anyone, especially myself, to submit myself to a psychiatric label and brainwashing because I was harmed. This is so illogical. If anyone should be “treated” it should be those that commit such harms, and our “sick society” if you are to buy into that metaphor.

Do I owe it to anyone to be silent about medical malpractice because speaking of it will “discourage others from getting treatment”? Am I deprived of a voice because there’s no #metoo movement for people harmed by psychiatry and its ilk?

How about this?  The perps owe me an apology, which I am not likely to get. This, to me, is the logical conclusion. Realistically speaking, though, no one owes a darned thing to anyone. Let’s leave this owing bit to the banks, and end it there.

4 thoughts on “but the #MeToo movement has nothing to do with “treatment””

  1. After reading the artticle I’m puzzled. Where does “treatment” tie in? This girl has done incredible stuff–not her shrink or treatment team. Yes, immediately after rape you need medical treatment. But isn’t #Metoo supposed to be about seeking justice? Bringing the crimes of Weinstein, Cosby and others into the light of day?

    1. Only once after sexual assault did I seek medical treatment and I swore it would be the last! This was in 1976 and U Health Services told me “You shouldn’t flirt with the boss.” Huh?

      Yes, you are right, justice. After I was raped in 2008 I didn’t want the man in prison. I only wanted him to stop doing this to other vulnerable people. I told this to the cops and they did nothing to protect my former neighbors. Oh because a mental patient reported it.

  2. (male survivor of sexual abuse speaking here…) That implied “duty to seek therapy” has always infuriated me. The first thing I heard from a couple people I’m close to in May, 2013 when Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were freed from Ariel Castro’s little house of horrors here in Cleveland wasn’t “Wow! I’m glad they’re alive!” but “Those poor girls are going to need therapy for the rest of their lives!”
    I haven’t read either of the books written by them (one by Berry and DeJesus, the other by Knight,) but I’ve listened to all their interviews and not one of them has said anything about therapy.
    (I have to admit it was really a surprise to me that they were found alive, after seeing their missing posters everywhere for ten years and thinking all that time they were dead. Gina DeJesus’s famly had plastered the city with them and never gave up hope.)

    1. Yeah I agree. When you see a therapist, where does your story end up? Wasted to an office visit. Therapy silences our voices that way. Therapy placates survivors of injustice. What kind of logic is that?

      The most recent “therapist” with whom I spoke (not clinically) wanted to do just that as therapy goal, so he never heard from me again.

      Therapy killed the great feminists of the 70’s and 80’s. I’m thinking Kate Millet here.

      Women don’t need therapy, we need equal rights, equal pay, and control over our bodies.

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