June 5, 2017
“Turn your light off.”
“Raquel, turn it off.”
“No. I’m scared.” I could not turn my nightstand light out.
“What’s wrong?” a frustrated Trent asks.
“He just contacted me again. I’m scared.”
I finally did turn out my light and laid in the dark in quiet fear. It was one o’clock in the morning. Every noice seemed amplified, screaming at me… Danger!
The next day, Trent researched steps to take against cyber stalkers and we began the process of reporting…FBI report, local police report, and contacting various social media platforms I was a member of. I also put my online artist business on “vacation” indefinitely. I did my best to withdraw from the digital world.
Both Trent and I were scared. Would he take revenge? Show up at our door?
August 3, 2017
It was 5:30 pm and I had just spent the last 4 hours staring at the “confirm your twitter account” button on my computer.
“What are you doing?” Trent asked as he put down his work bag sensing something was wrong.
“The principal encourages teachers to have a twitter account. I filled out the information but I can’t push the summit button.” I answer.
“Maybe you should talk with him about your situation?”
“I don’t want to be judged… I’m scared, Trent.”
September 25, 2017
“And the first Hash Tag winner is… Raquel Dixon!”
Of course our principal did not announce the # tag winners so dramatically but in that moment, my heart fluttered and my mind flashed back to that fearful summer night, and thought, deep breath.
Then… I saw myself today on the road to self empowerment. Twitter was my first step back into the digital world.
I don’t normally like or want recognition of any kind, but today, September 25, 2017, I wear these #badges with pride.