Late in the Evening

As I sat at my desk finishing up a project, the lights dimmed a bit. He walked over to me and began to massage my shoulders, and gently asked how much longer I’d be.

“I’m close, almost done with this section, then I’ll call it a night.”

His hands slide down to my upper arms as he bent down behind my chair, resting his chin on the back of it, as his cheek grazed my neck. I could feel his hot breath blowing down the neck of my shirt.

“Anything I can help with?” he asked.

“Nope,” I responded quietly, but sternly, sending the signal that I was not responding to his unspoken gestures. I could feel his hands tighten a bit on my arms, then abruptly release. He let out a short, annoyed sigh, and left the room.

I knew I had irritated him by rebuffing him, and quickly finished up what I was doing, and shut down my computer.

I then grabbed my wallet and keys and hurried to my car and left, knowing the next day he would act out, being angry and resentful towards me, harping on details and demeaning me.

The above wasn’t an interaction between two consenting adults in a dysfunctional romantic relationship, it was a repeated scenario between me and my then business partner and boss.

This happens every day, in every industry, to women everywhere.

#bebrave #StandWithWomen #BelieveWomen #SupportWomen #YesAllWomen


About Laurissa Doonan

I'm a marketer. I've been a professional marketer for over 25 years, but in reality, I have always been one. Marketing to me is about communicating effectively, regardless of platform, regardless of channel. Marketing is understanding both your objectives and your audience, and finding the right method and message for your customers to reach them where they are. Now I dedicate my efforts to helping very small and small companies pursue their passions and grow their businesses through marketing; providing agency trained expertise without the overhead.
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