Since Donald Trump was elected on Tuesday, the panic and outrage has been palpable on my college campus. As a victim of sexual assault, I cannot begin to explain my fear and despair to live in a country that will soon be led by a rapist.
When I was assaulted I felt broken and lost, but I was still grateful that establishments like Planned Parenthood existed should I face the worst possible outcome. Now that we have elected a man that will put Planned Parenthood and similar establishments at risk is terrifying to me. I can't imagine a world in which the man we look to as a leader of our country condones and justifies rape culture, especially during a time that we need the exact opposite.
Now that Trump will be the President of the United States, I can't imagine what effect this will have on the already pervasive rape culture that plagues our entire country. If Trump can not only get away with rape, but become president despite of his violent acts towards women, what kind of message will this send to the rest of society?
However, I believe that if those of us who recognize the injustice of a Trump presidency stand together, we can turn our fear and anger into optimism for a true progressive political revolution. Whether you're with Hilary, Bernie, Stein, or none of the above, now is the time to unionize and fight the injustice that is on the horizon in this country. The devastation a Trump presidency could cause will not be mitigated by depression, despair, or withdrawal. We have to stand together now to fight for the rights of everyone -- not just those with the trust fund to afford it.
Love trumps hate. Always.