I am thankful for the women
Who stand up in courtrooms
Who march in the streets
Who do not accept forceful advances

I am thankful for the women
Who do not use their bodies as products
For sale

I am thankful to put down slut shaming,
An ancient form of self policing and self governing
We put each other through this
Because we knew the justice system would not believe us.

Now the lawyers, judges, police, and military look like us
They talk like us
They believe us

Sister, come out of the shadows
step into the light
Safety is yours for the making
They believe us now.

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