Many brave women and men have spoken out about their
own experiences during the #metoo movement, and I
appreciate the bravery that it took for each and every one
of them to take such a stand. I did not initially speak out
about my story because I chose to handle it in private with
the person who wronged me. My trauma resurfaced as she
came out as a victim herself. I have not made a public
statement in the past days and hours because I was
ashamed and afraid to be part of the public narrative. I was
underage when the event took place, and I tried to seek
justice in a way that made sense to me at the time because
I was not ready to deal with the ramifications of my story
becoming public. At the time I believed there was still a
stigma to being in the situation as a male in our society. I
didn’t think that people would understand the event that
took place from the eyes of a teenage boy. I have had to
overcome many adversities in my life, and this is another
that I will deal with, in time. I would like to move past this
event in my life, and today I choose to move forward, no
longer in silence.
-Jimmy Bennett