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Share Your Story NYC is a Harsh Confessional

Ellen Levitt

Posted on September 10, 2020 18:42

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The Instagram page Share Your Story NYC is about the terrors many people face; what can we do about it?

Instagram is usually perceived of as a social media platform devoted to pictures, art, celebrities and influencers. Many people use it as a pictorial diary (I do). It is visuals and video.

But some accounts are text-heavy, and one that is particularly eye-opening and harsh is Share Your Story NYC (@ShareYourStoryNYC). Each posting starts with a trigger warning listing the sex crimes and other abuse within the short confessional. Usually a posting consists of two to four pages, and the final page lists seven resources to contact for help.

Many of the confessionals detail rape, sexual assault, physical and verbal abuse. Some give details, others only the basics, of horrors such as incest, coercion, gaslighting, harassment, PTSD, drug and alcohol abuse, cyberbullying, and more. Most of the people who post are young women, but some are young men as well. 

I found out about this Instagram account because my daughters were discussing a particular post from a girl who said she was raped by a teenage boy my girls knew about from school. The girl wrote about how this boy forced himself on her sexually and that he had supposedly done this to other girls as well. He was named (first name, last initial) and the girl also wrote about how school administration hadn't helped her when she turned to them. 

This situation angered me greatly. Not only had the poor girl been assaulted, she was also marginalized by adults who should have helped her. In addition, the boy in question deleted his own Instagram and other social media accounts, but the girl and some others are reaching out to the boy's current school.

A cursory look at this account is frightening and sobering. Read the stories and you wonder: what can be done? Why are so many children, teenagers and young adults being hurt in such awful manners? What is wrong with our society?

Some people will read the stories and roll their eyes, perhaps even wag a figurative finger and scold; "didn't these teens know what they were getting into, by going to a party or a nightclub, or allowing a boy in their bedroom at home?"

Scolding doesn't justify the attacks or the pain these people suffer, and doesn't grant the male (and sometimes female) perpetrators the permission to attack. 

Reading these posts, you learn about young men who remove condoms in the middle of sexual intercourse, who surreptitiously videotape sexual encounters, who give victims drugs so they black out.

"It's nothing new," some of you will say with a sigh. It isn't, but much more must be done.

Our society has many, many problems and sex crimes must be addressed more clearly and fully. Children of various ages must be taught to respect each other, and fight back if necessary. Children of all ages must be taught not to sexually abuse others. Adults need to be lectured about this too. Politicians, police, schools and healthcare workers must help more. 

So much is at stake.

 

 

Ellen Levitt

Posted on September 10, 2020 18:42

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