When She Says No ( Sexual Abuse Audio Poem)

When she says No
She means it.
Whether she’s dressed like a nun
Or has a low cut blouse.
Whether you think she’s classy
Or simply trashy
Whether you believe she’s easy
Or the most complex puzzle in creation
No means No
Whether she’s a blind date
A one night stand
Or some girl you’ve been with for awhile
Whether you think she’s beautiful or intelligent
Or uninteresting or unattractive.
no will always mean no.
sober or drunk
assertive or mild tempered
strong or innocent
her body is not free-way
her word is valid.
respect her because she is
someone’s daughter
someone’s mother
someone’s sister
aunt, girlfriend or wife.
respect her because she is a woman
ever before she became your conquest.
And when she says no
she means it.

My Poem “No” was just published at Voicemailpoems.org. This is an audio reading of the piece that I thought I would share. The issue of sexual assualt and the blurred lines of concent, is a rather pressing issue. Some people say, that there is too much of a focus on this, but I would disagree. As long as their are women (and men) who live under shame. As long as rape is treated like a casual extra curricular activity. We need to talk about this. We need to continue having the sort of dialogue that pushes the envelope because the reality is that there are so many women, on a daily basis who have to deal with this unwanted sexual treatment. No one should ever have to feel this way. Maybe my poem will not solve the problem, but I hope that in some small way, my words can contribute to making this a safer, better world for all of our girls. To anyone who has ever been a victim of sexual assault, I stand with you. Let’s take back our power. Enough is Enough.

~Melodic Rose~


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