In the first roundtable discussion of our new In Conversation series, five brave women sit down to share their personal stories of healing and moving forward after sexual assault, the cultural impact of rape culture and the power of self-truth.
How to say a mouthful with one word.
"When people try to come at me with hate and negativity now that I'm living in my truth, I don't even acknowledge it. It's like it doesn't even register. I don't ask for your understanding. But what I do ask for and demand is your respect."
"I don't consider myself a fetish. I consider myself a woman. A lot of people don't know about trans women of color. We live our lives completely different from a gay man or a drag queen. I'm a woman, respect me. Or get out. Simple as that."
"I actually am a person. I actually function the same way everyone else does. Just treat me accordingly is all I ask for. No matter how many times the world wants to stone me for my truth, I'm going to keep my head up."
"I truly believe that I am a queen. You can't tell me any different. That doesn't meant that I'm sitting on a throne everyday and I order people to do things for me. It's not that. It's...I believe that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."