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Wed, 13 Dec 2017

#metoo

I long thought about whether I should post a/my #metoo. It wasn't a rape. Nothing really happened. And a lot of these stories are very disturbing.

And yet it still it bothers me every now and then. I was in school age, late elementary or lower school ... In my hometown there is a cinema. Young as we've been we weren't allowed to see Rambo/Rocky. Not that I was very interested in the movie ... But there the door to the screening room stood open. And curious as we were we looked through the door. The projectionist saw us and waved us in. It was exciting to see a moview from that perspective that was forbidden to us.

He explained to us how the machines worked, showed us how the film rolls were put in and showed us how to see the signals on the screen which are the sign to turn on the second projector with the new roll.

During these explenations he was standing very close to us. Really close. He put his arm around us. The hand moved towards the crotch. It was unpleasantly and we knew that it wasn't all right. But screaming? We weren't allowed to be there ... So we thanked him nicely and retreated disturbed. The movie wasn't that good anyway.

Nothing really happened, and we didn't say anything.

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Jonathan Riddell wrote at 2017-12-14 11:16:

He tried to molest you, that's not "nothing really happened"

Rhonda wrote at 2017-12-14 11:47:

Jonathan, I hoped it would be clear that it's not meant to downplay it. Of course it is something. But often enough that's exactly the feedback people receive for sharing such things. "Nothing really happened, why make a fuss about it." "Why didn't you say anything, how should they know."

Such feedback silence people even more, and people still use it on a regular basis to shift the blame from the aggressor to the victim.

I'm sorry that the intention for poking at that reaction didn't transport well enough.

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