Foster Youth Share Their #MeToo Stories
Foster children are often blamed for their abuse and their responses to it, but the stories in Represent make it clear that blame for assault lies with the adult abusers, not the youth. Nobody was “asking for it.”
When the #MeToo movement broke through to the mainstream and powerful abusers finally began to face consequences, I felt that same combination of dismay and admiration for those speaking out. One valid criticism was that the stories were of the rich and powerful, not about what women who work in restaurants, hotels, and factories endure.
This issue brings the voices of those with very little societal power into the conversation. As foster youth, as teenagers, as people of color, the Represent writers experience a lot of disrespect and worse. In this issue, we define and explore concepts like patriarchy and rape culture.
As always, those writing about sexual abuse wrestle with initial feelings of self-blame, move toward a clearer picture of justice, and land on what it means to heal and to be respected as a full and equal human being. Please read, discuss, and share!