I live in a some what small town in south east Georgia. I am unable to drive, so I mostly ride my bike. Sadly today, the tire was flat on my bike, so since I had an appointment that I HAD to be at, I decided that I would walk. I did not know when I left home that it would be 95 outside with a heat index of 104. I became very hot. I had on a tee shirt with a tank top under it. It was very very hot, and I wanted to take off the tee shirt, for just a tiny bit of relief from the heat. I did not…
As soon as I thought about taking off my tee shirt, the very next thought to come to my mind was “No, that’s just asking for trouble”
I think the fact that I have been sexually assaulted in the past, and have PTSD due to it, is irrelevant, because thinking back, I have always had thoughts like ” If i dress like this I might get rapped” or ” If I go to this place I might get assaulted for being female”
Females are taught how to behave to reduce the risk of being assaulted. We are taught to expect it. “Oh boys will be boys”.
This is wrong. I should be able to ware a tank top with out fear of being assaulted. I should know that I am seen as a person, and not as a piece of meat or an object to be used.