As we live in a #me too society where millions of women have suffered various means of sexual assault and abuse, it is difficult to determine the level of damage done or how long psychological scars may persist.
For some it could be a lifetime.
Pressing charges and going to court can make the experience even harder, as victims are forced to relive the trauma of their assault, especially when called to testify before their attacker. Fear, intimidation and anger are just a few of the plethora of emotions a victim can experience.
Though some women also feel strong and empowered because testifying can also give back some of their power; what happens when the assault comes at the hands of a man of status? Can a layman face off against the clout of a music mogul, academy award-winning actor or an NBA all-star legend without being shamed or accused of having malicious intent?