Monday 27 February 2017

As a child, grown men thought it was OK to touch me - I thought it was part of being a girl

Barbara Scully

We continue to live in a culture where men view women as sexual objects over whom they have a degree of entitlement (Stock image)
We continue to live in a culture where men view women as sexual objects over whom they have a degree of entitlement (Stock image)

Recently, blogger, freelance journalist and social media influencer (yes, that's a thing) Rosemary McCabe posted a series of tweets about the sexual harassment and abuse she has endured in her life - thus far.

As I read her tweets, I realised that I had experienced similar events. Not in the recent past, for I am old enough to be Rosemary's mother, but when I was in my school uniform.

When I was a child, probably from the ages of 13 to about 15, I was occasionally sexually harassed by grown men who seemed to think they had a right to touch me. This sudden realisation, prompted by Rosemary's tweets, really angered me.

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