The amount of sexual assault, harassment and charges of indecency circulating around Hollywood, sports, and other entertainment avenues is alarming. Logic suggests that if it exists there, it exists everywhere, but the light is being shed on these particular industries in a big way and more and more women are coming out to tell their stories of incidences that happened specifically to them.
Wrestling is not immune to this type of alarming news. Just recently, a former WWE Diva has come to say that she too was a victim of being sexually assaulted, and while she doesn’t point fingers or name names, her posts are no less disheartening. Former WWE “Diva” Melina Perez took to social media and shared her experiences and talked with followers about how sexual assault has affected her life.
Granted being cornered to B harassed & being grabbed didnt lead me to want to commit suicide like rape did but all were life altering. All made me feel like I had no power, I wasn't safe, I had no value & I wasn't a human being. That I am simply a thing…https://t.co/Ew970hPIp1
— MELINA (@RealMelina) December 17, 2017
This tweet and many others since have been a part of Melina’s attempt to educated people on the subject of sexual harassment. With celebrities and other forming their own opinions and weighing in on the topic, many suggesting there’s a difference between a touching another person inappropriately and rape, she’s concerned that people have jumped too quickly one way or another and wants to clarify what she believes is a very serious issue.
She admits there is a difference but that all harassment is wrong (something everyone should agree with). All harassment makes women and men (since it happens to both sexes) feel vulnerable, helpless and weak. She added, “Sexual assault doesn’t discriminate and neither should we. #MeToo has to include women of color, immigrants, LGBTQ, people living with disabilities, children and teenagers, the elderly, and yes, men and boys.”
Melina said, “Victims have the right to keep their experiences private or be open about it. No one should feel ashamed to talk about it if they need to or to help others. In that respect, she is absolutely right. Victims of sexual assault, rape, discrimination or other harassment issues should be able to come forward if they so choose and have a safe place to feel they can talk about what’s happened to them.
Maybe someone will read Melina’s words and find strength in her courage to come forward. If even one person does, Melina’s experience can help someone else and perhaps there is a silver lining that can be taken for a very sad and disturbing situation.
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