Danny Baker has a message for women everywhere.
Dear every woman who’s been raped,
I’ve come into contact with a number of you recently through my work as a mental health advocate. Some of you tell me that you feel “worthless.” That that you feel “dirty” or like you’re “damaged goods.” And some of you tell me that as a result, no man will ever be able to love you.
Well, speaking as a man, I’d just like to tell you this:
I don’t think you’re worthless.
I don’t think you’re dirty.
Nor do I think that you are “damaged goods.”
Because when I look at you, I don’t see a woman who’s been raped.
I just see a woman.
If you’re caring, then I see a woman who’s caring.
If you’re brave, then I see a woman who’s brave.
If you’re honest, then I see a woman who’s honest.
And the same if you’re ambitious, thoughtful, interesting, creative, empathetic or intelligent.
I’m just one man, but if I can see all of these wonderful qualities in you, then there’s no doubt that another man will be able to, too. And given so, there’s no doubt that such a man will be able to fall in love with you.
Because to men like us, even though you’ve been raped, you’re still as valuable as ever.
P.S. If you’re a man reading this and are one of millions who would date a woman who’s been raped, say so in the comments section below. Women need to know that you’re out there.
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