"I burst into tears the minute I saw the news." I've already heard that this afternoon from more women than I can count.
I want to say first: if reading anything about the E. Jean Carroll case might harm you, maybe because you are a survivor of assault or defamation and this whole news cycle is like salt in a reopened wound, please take care of yourself and click away if you need to.
And if that's not you, and if you are one of the people weeping this afternoon because the jury in the Carroll case found the defendant liable for both battery and defamation --
because of the sheer existential relief of knowing that at least here, at least once, a woman who's been deeply harmed both physically and reputation-wise is believed and is vindicated --
because like so many of us, you've been braced against the fear of yet another news cycle filled with reminders that it doesn't matter to the world if someone touches us without consent, or spreads hateful vitriol and lies in order to discredit us --
because there's a spiritual relief in truth, and in facts, and in justice, especially against the backdrop of years of national gaslighting --
-- if any of this describes you: please know that you're not alone, and I see you, and I am holding you in my heart.