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“Every One Of My Dream” Halsey’s Women’s March Poem Touches Many Hearts

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Halsey delivering her speech at the Women's March.

Halsey delivering her speech at the Women's March.

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Halsey delivering her speech at the Women's March.

Rosine Nibishaka, Opinion Writer

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The past year has been a really important time for women to come together and stand up for women’s rights and equality. January 21st marked the 1st anniversary of the Women’s March. Women took to the streets to make a powerful statement saying they won’t be silenced any longer. When singer and songwriter Halsey, who is known for her big hits “Bad at Love” and “Castle,” took the stage and recited her poem- the world was stunned. In her poem, she bravely tackles the topics of rape, sexual assault, and miscarriage. It is something that everyone needs to listen to.

For anyone growing up in the iGen or the millennial generation, this poem is something that’s very important to listen to. This generation needs to understand this kind of behavior, especially rape, assault, and consent. Her poem is also a reminder for why the #MeToo movement matters, as it has a series of #MeToo stories that are heartbreaking and hard to listen to. Halsey also opened up about her own experiences and her poem was filled with brutal honesty.  Often times, people don’t  have one experience that has left them scared, but a lifetime of them.

“It’s 2017 and I live like a queen

And I’ve followed d*mn near every one of my dreams

I’m invincible and I’m so f***ing naive I believe I’m protected ’cause I live on a screen. Nobody would dare act that way around me I’ve earned my protection, eternally clean

Until a man that I trust gets his hands in my pants

But I don’t want none of that, I just wanted to dance

And I wake up the next morning like I’m in a trance and there’s blood Is that my blood?”  

Halsey posted on Twitter after the Women’s March writing,  “I’m truly humbled and overwhelmed by the support I’ve gotten in the past day. I’m comforted and saddened by all who can relate. We are in this together.”

The fact that there are so many women out there who can relate to this is beyond tragic. 90% of child sexual abuse victims know their abusers. Younger people are at a higher risk than anyone for being a victim of sexual violence. It’s not only women that are at risk when it comes to things like this, millions of men in the U.S.A have also been victims of rape.

Halsey continues,

“We are not free until all of us are free. So love your neighbor, please treat her kindly. Ask her story and then shut up and listen. Black, Asian, poor, wealthy, trans, cis, Muslim, Christian. Listen, listen and then yell at the top of your lungs. Be a voice for all those who have prisoner tongues. For the people who had to grow up way too young. There is work to be done. There are songs to be sung. Lord knows there’s a war to be won.”  – Halsey

It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, if you’re the richest person or live in poverty–sexual violence could happen to anyone regardless age, gender, or race. We all need to come together and put a stop to sexual assault. We won’t allow this to happen to any more women. We will scream as loud as we have to, until our voices are heard. We are not alone and our job is to let others know that we are fighting beside them.

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