today is the day… by Grace

today is the day… by Grace

today is the day the truth comes out. after hearing many stories of women being sexually harassed, abused, raped, etc. i have decided to tell my story. i was only 4 years old. my parents were going out to dinner and left my brother and i with a babysitter, who shall remain unnamed. the babysitter, we’ll call him t, was about 15 at the time. he was a relatively good person for all i know up until this night. t asked me to come upstairs for a surprise. being four and vulnerable, i followed. my brother, who was only 6, didn’t have a clue what was happening. as i followed t upstairs, i was really excited for the surprise. when we got to my room, t laid down and pulled down his pants. to spare some details, i will keep it somewhat clean. he made me put my hand down his pants and touch whatever was down there. not knowing it was and feeling very uncomfortable, i told him i don’t know what this is. he made me do it again and again. feeling super uncomfortable, i tried to run out of the room but he ran after me and grabbed me, making me do it more. after a while, i don’t know how long, we came down stairs and i was just petrified. about a year later, my mother and father were talking about going out again. they were talking about having t come and babysit again. that’s when i said no. my mom asked why and i told her everything. me, a five year old, went to court. i had to tell the judges everything about that day. it was very scary for me but i did it. to this day, those memories still haunt me, and i think of them everyday. i pray to those men and women who are harassed, abused and raped daily and don’t have a voice. we need to start making the world a safer environment so that another 4 year old doesn’t have the same experience or even raped daily and don’t have a voice. we l need to start making the world a safer environment so that another 4 year old 7 doesn’t have the same experience or even worse. @Grace