Sherry A. Phillips

Romantic Suspense Author

Silent No More

Photo by Kristina Flour

I’ve been quiet for a long time, mostly because I was burned out about blogging and didn’t know what to say. All of the blogging courses and information you’re given centers around “finding your avatar” and “blogging about your niche.” All of that’s great, but I have a lot of interests. I have a lot of opinions about a lot of topics.

I even took the “Thoughts” category off my site for a while, because I thought about just making this my author website and not having anything but my books and contact information. I was going to send out a newsletter once a month, a short story once a month and leave it at that. But that’s not satisfying me either.

So, I guess what I’m saying is that if I’m going to have a website, I might as well write about what’s on my mind.

Right now, I’m going to talk about all of the people coming out of the woodwork with sexual allegations against Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Charlie Sheen, Louis CK, Ed Westwick, Andre Balazs, Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, Roy Moore, Terry Richardson, Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, Dustin Hoffman, Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck, and the list goes on and on and on.

Finally!

Yes, Finally!

Finally women are saying, “Enough!” Finally those who have been silent regarding the sexual abuse by men in power are speaking up and saying, “This happened to me. I’ve had enough and I’m not going to stay silent anymore!”

Thank you Ashley Judd. Thank you Rose McGowan. Thank you to every woman and man who came forward and will come forward in the future saying, “You’re not alone, it happened to me and this behavior is not okay.”

When Alyssa Milano asked people to repost “Me Too” if they’d been a victim of sexual assault, I spoke up. It happened to me too.

What I find infuriating are the people who are so ignorant to say, “Why didn’t they come forward sooner?” or “They were willing to play the casting couch game” or “Wasn’t she nude in a movie a while back?” or the worst, “They probably enjoyed it.”

To those people I not so respectfully say, “Take a seat!”

Unless you have been put in this position yourself, you have no idea what you are talking about.

Especially if you are a man.

As a man, have you ever been called for a job interview and had the person doing the interviewing tell you they’d love to give you the job, but only if you suck their c*ck and if you don’t, they’ll make sure every employer in your industry knows you’re difficult and a problem and they should never work with you?

As a man, have you ever been in a closed office and had another man unzip his pants and demand a blow job in exchange for work?

I will wager for most of you, the answer is no.

Kevin Spacey’s alleged victims were all young men. I have to say alleged because legally, he’s not been charged and convicted of a crime (yet). I suspect they know exactly what I’m talking about.

Times are changing. Victims are calling out their abusers and saying, “You are an abuser and I’m not going to keep your secret anymore.”

I stand with you. I support you.

Let the dominoes continue to fall.

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