Asher acknowledges that coming forward against a powerful abuser is not easy and there may be backlash. He shares that he has faced backlash himself despite his abuser not being a powerful figure. However, he encourages survivors to seek support from fellow survivors, mental health professionals, lawyers, law enforcement, and organizations who want to stand with them and help them handle the backlash and move forward through the process of holding their abuser accountable.
I wish I could tell you that it's easy to come forward against somebody powerful. I wish I could tell you that the case would go forward easily. I wish I could tell you that none of your past will be used against you but unfortunately I can't. I faced backlash myself when I came forward about my abuser and my abuser wasn't anybody powerful or important. But the good news is is that there are a lot of people out there who want to support you. There are your fellow survivors. There are mental health professionals. There are lawyers. There's law enforcement. There are organizations that want to stand with you and help you weather the backlash and help you handle it and move you forward and help you as you go through the difficult process of holding your abuser accountable.