Dear America, We Will Not Be Silenced

November 9, 2016

By Neha Vasudeva

Bruin Consent Coalition may be a non-partisan organization, but I am not.

Though my words are not representative of BCC, I believe that Bruin Consent Coalition is non-partisan insofar as keeping a safe environment to all survivors, which I am 100% on board with. I will not silence your story, regardless of your political beliefs, race, gender identity, citizenship, religion, etc.

With that being said, I am livid. I am so unbelievably angry. Donald Trump has just won the 2016 presidential election. Along with Trump winning the presidential election, Republicans have won the House of Representatives and the Senate. What does this really mean though? White supremacy has won. Sexism has won. LGBTQ-phobia has own. Radical conservative, Republicans have won.

People of color, LGBTQ folks, undocumented peoples, womxn, Muslims, differently abled people, immigrants, refugees and (especially for the purpose of this post) survivors have lost.*

I want to go on and on and on about white supremacy, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, etc. but for the sake of keeping this post short, and relevant to BCC I will focus on rape culture.

As a survivor who was encouraged to report my rape (but not previous assault), let me personally tell you what message Americans have sent out to survivors:

Our stories do not matter. Us reporting will not make a difference. Rapists and perpetrators of sexual violence can and will get away with robbing us of our security, trust, control, sanity, and even life. Not only will rapists and perpetrators get away with it, they will brag and normalize our situations, while degrading us even lower – for example, by saying we were not pretty enough to be assaulted by them (I’m talking about you Donald). Better yet, they will become President of the United States. They will be supported by the American people, and we survivors will not.

By electing Donald Trump as the President of the “free world,” you have imprisoned us to live under a man who not only was accused of sexual assault by several women, but has also bragged about sexually assaulting women. By electing Donald Trump, you have tried once again to silence us.

I will not be silenced. I will not be silent. I will rise, I will riot, and I will fight.

*This is just some of a long list of people who are imminently affected by this election.