Arab American Association of NY ED Shares Her Experience as a Survivor of Sexual Assault, NY Times Reports

Posted on September 25, 2018

‘The Wave of Women Is Here’

Originally Published in The New York Times on September 24, 2018
Written by Maya Salam and Niraj Chokshi

Survivors of sexual assault and their supporters stood shoulder to shoulder on the steps of New York’s City Hall on Monday, holding signs that read “I believe Christine,” “Misogyny bores me” and “Block InJustice Kavanaugh.”

At the base of the steps in New York, speakers — many of whom were involved in government or with social service organizations — gave statements to a crowd made up mostly of women.

The protests brought together women and men across the country for rallies and a walkout organized by a coalition that included Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement, UltraViolet Action, Planned Parenthood and MoveOn.

In New York, Rama Issa, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, spoke of how, after being sexually assaulted, it took her many years to “piece together my broken soul.”

She was traumatized, she said, and plagued by guilt and shame. “Our culture is hard-wired to blame us,” she said. “We will not stand for this any longer. The wave of women is here.”

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