Cluck — then duck.
And there, in that dark park — shark and spark — mark, their responses.
Oh the powerful, how they bluster, hulk, sulk and skulk when exposed. And if they can’t deny it, they mouth crafty-drafty-daffy apologies.
I hate it!
I asked you, “Why?”
“Why do you think that even after you complained, he or she or they or Ray — his supervisor or even, say HR — did nothing?”
You weren’t sure why; I wasn’t either.
Systemic evil, personal stupidity, good-old-boy culture, a bark beetle, a comet, tormented egos, black holes, massive incompetence, weakness of character, fleas — money?
We couldn’t sort it out.
Think about it, all the complaints lodged all over the world — then dodged. It’s maddening!
You do the same job as he does and get paid less? Really?
You are assigned work that isn’t even in your job description? Are you kidding me?
He said, what?
He touched you inappropriately?
He sexually assaulted you?
The sick creep!
Go tell — in order to get well!
Yes, I can see that, and I’m so sorry!
It is horribly and terrifyingly humiliating! But to not tell — that’s devastating!
Prepare yourself. Do it. Of course there will be the denial. the revile, in the aisle, the social media pretrial, the counter attack and threat to sack.
But, keep this clearly in front of you:
Secrets perpetuate sicknesses.
For there within the sinister silence of relational violence oozes the foul psychic **** of false shame and self-blame, a suppurating sepsis of misapplied guilt and a fetid, festering biotoxin of furious fear mingled with ferocious anger.
My God girl!
The organizationally administered inflammagens are virtually dripping out of the open crack at the base of your skull, running off the tip of one of your shoulder blades and bio-trailing you along the office floor.
This cannot continue.
I want you well.
I want you healed.
I want you empowered.
I want you vindicated!
Therefore, fill the hall, and tell it all!
Make the complaint, lodge the grievance, file the paperwork, notify the press, call a conference, sue their ***** off! Trap the fly, smack down the lie, out the tie, exposify — him, and hem and them!
This much is certain. We must not go on without you speaking up.
I’m standing with you.
Pellmell, raise hell, go tell