By Lerence Melton
On April 13, Zeke Thomas was a guest speaker for a virtual DCCC event to share his own personal story about being a sexual assault survivor and to bring more awareness to sexual violence. More than 30 people attended the event.
Thomas, who is black and gay, discussed how he was sexually assaulted in 2017 and it altered his life forever. He became depressed, suffered from anxiety, and started using and abusing drugs. He mentioned that it was difficult for him to come to terms with his assault, so he did not speak out about it at first.
“I went down a dark path, hanging with the wrong people,” Thomas told participants of the event. “I started losing friends and support from family members. Nobody wanted to deal with my crap anymore.”
He then made the decision that he was not going to let what happened to him control him anymore. Thomas got clean and started going to therapy with the support of a friend and his parents.
Thomas, who grew up in the media because he is the son of NBA Hall Of Famer Isiah Thomas, believes he should use that to create a platform to help others who have been sexually assaulted, while also shining light on sexual assault involving men.
By doing so, Thomas strives to break down barriers that still exist within the LGBTQ community as well as advocate for other sexual assault survivors.
During the event, Thomas wanted all the participants to try a breathing technique with him and a few minutes of mediation. He discussed how important mediation and breathing exercises were important to his everyday life, healing processes, and recommends it to others.
Toward the end of the presentation, Thomas reminded the attendees that even though someone may be a victim of sexual assault, he or she is still human.
“Your manhood or who are as a person wasn’t taken away,” Thomas said. “You’re a victim and you still hold the power. Nobody can take that away from you.”
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