TO PEOPLE WHO MAKE FUN OF TRIGGER WARNINGS

  1. This was the "top definition" for trigger warning that came up on urban dictionary
  2. Are you kidding me?
  3. You think, just because you're lucky enough not to have been sexually assaulted, that you shouldn't make the world a more comfortable place for people who have been?
  4. Do you know what sexual assault is? Do you know how it makes victims of sexual violence feel when they are exposed to triggering words pictures and videos that remind them of their traumatic experience?
  5. Do you know how hard victims of sexual assault have to work to feel safe and to forget or at least stop thinking all of the time about their assault?
  6. Do you know how helpful a trigger warning can be for people who are working hard to recover from their assault?
  7. Do you know how hurtful it is that you've just trivialized their experience by not taking five seconds out of your day to make them feel more comfortable?
  8. Do you understand the damage you do by reinforcing something they already sense- that society doesn't care about their experience?
  9. Would you mind trying to be compassionate to people with different experiences than you? Would it kill you to go out of your way to not make fun of a practice that is designed to make others feel more safe and like the world cares?
  10. More people than you think are impacted by your hurtful, careless words and actions. Know that 1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted. Educate yourself on how to make the world more comfortable for them.