October 17, 2015, is probably a completely meaningless date to most of you. But for this woman, it was the day of liberation. The day, when she decided to speak up about an important issue that keeps on festering our society ...
Meet Sylvie Lacourciere, a 28-year-old Canada resident who released a video on her recent experience of molestation.
Earlier this month, Sylvie, who runs a personal blog Syllabelle, posted a video on YouTube boldly titled "It's not your f*ckin' cake: A message to my molester."
In the five-minute video, she addresses the unpleasant event that happened to her back in October when she was attending an outdoor music festival in Victoria, British Columbia.
"I was wearing a long bodycon dress and jacket and was standing on the crowded dance floor with friends. The guy tapped rapidly on the side of my butt several times and was successful in getting it to bounce," Lacourciere recalls.
Shocked by such outright fondling, Sylvie told A Plus she didn't quite know what to do. Huddled in the crowd, she couldn't immediately see who it was and by the time she turned around, her molester was already gone.
"I just stood there furious, humiliated, and near tears. I was very bitterly reminded that these men very rarely, if ever, face repercussions," she says.
But the fact that she didn't catch the obnoxious prick didn't prevent Sylvie from speaking her mind. Listen to her powerful message here:
Lacourciere says her experience of sexual harassment dates back to when she was a teenager. Raped at the age of 14, she struggled with isolation and developed bulimia that strongly affected her life up until she turned 26.
Facing sexual assault acts like the one she addresses in a video is horrible for Sylvie, not only because of her personal experience, but also due to a realization of how prominent they are in our society.
Upon reflecting on her molestation, Lacourciere discovered that she, just like most women, felt the need to internalize the injustice of the situation. In other words, she felt like it may have been her fault or that she's overreacting. That's when Sylvie realized how important it is to educate ourselves on approaching such issues:
— How crucial it is for women to overcome their shame and fear, to stop minimizing their pain;
— How essential it is for men to stop validating sexual harassment and speak up when they encounter it;
— Lastly, how imperative it is for everyone to shatter the stigma around sexual abuse and start an open conversation that might birth solutions and inspire positive change in our society.