CW: This essay discusses sexual assault. If you or someone you know has been assaulted, find help and the resources you need by calling the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673, or visit www.RAINN.org.
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By Deja White
Do not read this piece if you thought Lolita was a love story. Instead seek mental help.
Do not read this piece if you do not understand the dynamics of age differences. Instead imagine a nine year old who you know and love and put them into my position. Sickening right?
Do not read this piece if you think a nine year old can consent to anything. Instead find the nearest police officer and report yourself.
Do not read this piece if a girl’s body is the punchline of any joke you’ve told. You may find yourself being the subject of a joke yourself.
Do not read this piece if you’ve ever said “No means yes and yes mean anal.” Instead imagine what your life would be like in prison.
Do not read this piece if you can not respect my story because it might force me to use my black girl magic on you and put you to shame.
Please read this piece if there is a shred of kindness in any part of your body and share it so this doesn’t happen to any other nine year old girl. Continue Reading…