'Me Too' movement sheds light on sexual assault, harassment
It happened 12 years ago.
"I was sexually assaulted in college," Alexandra Dukat said. And she's carried it with her every day.
It took Dukat five years to disclose what happened and to seek proper help.
"Although my assault and rape was a long time ago, what many people would think is PTSD affects you every single day in how you manage it and how you life your life," Dukat said.
After so much silence, Dukat is now embracing speaking out.
"My assault impacted my life so much that I felt like I had died," Dukat said. "That person I had been before 19, that's not me anymore. I had to completely figure out a new life for myself."
That new life now includes giving back and helping others. She's part of the survivors network at Vera House. She sees the 'Me Too' movement as the start of an overdue conversation. "Me Too" is a recent social media campaign to drive awareness of sexual assault and harassment.
"The biggest thing about this movement is really just highlighting how woman are impacted by sexual violence, but there's other communities. We have to be very mindful. This is starting to highlight everything that we've been saying for years, that this happens on a much larger scale," Dukat said.
She hopes all of the attention gives victims strength and courage, and lets them know they are not alone and that help is available.