Everyone's balance in this, their threshold to swing on their own pendulum of abuse-oriented understanding and new-founded safety for the rest of their lives, is based in privilege.
My work and advocacy will always be flawed because my work and advocacy are founded upon my story and truth, despite all the research I do. My truth and story are from the perspective of a white woman, and it is my responsibility to continuously attend to the voices/experiences/truths/stories of others. It is my responsibility to do the research instead of demand guidance from those with less than I have.
Sex trafficking, childhood sexual abuse, family trauma, and assault are rampant and seemingly unending. Using my white voice here could be just as dangerous as not. It is my responsibility to make sure that I'm aware and conscious of my decisions, always.
Belief is not belief if it only exists for those who's voices are deemed worthy through society's approval. Support, resources, sustainable practices, and services that only value whiteness, ability, wealth, and society's binary are failing. It is unfair and unjust that being heard is not a baseline of respect for all humans, but rather a complex and manipulated form of privilege.
I believe you. Part 1/4 @skyler.mechelle