After storming the US Capitol, mobs of armed angry white men threaten and will likely descend upon state capitols around the country to assert their self-perceived dominance and hold the country hostage. Fear is one of their weapons.

Now you know how every woman who has experienced male violence feels.

Do you hide or stand up to them? Do you call them out or try to placate them? Do you educate their defenders who insist it was a one off or settle to know your own truth? Do you move this way? Or that way? Are they idle threats or will they carry them out? They’ve shown you what they’re capable but then they withdraw and blend back into normalcy so is it safe to breathe yet?

I penned my favorite saying. Once you know something you cannot unknow it. America now knows what every survivor of partner violence has known all along. This is what these guys are capable of. This is the degree of burn it to the ground take no prisoners destruction they live to carry out.

Sound sleeping is going to be a long time coming. You’ll always have one eye open now.

About Lisette d. Johnson

Murder-Suicide Survivor, Mom, Writer, Speaker, Serial Volunteer in the Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Assault Arena, Entrepreneur, &amp Friend. I survived, my kids survived, and I am here to tell the story.
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