I think a lot about the Carl Buford storyline on Criminal Minds.
I think a lot about how Derek Morgan, the tall, buff, handsome, masculine, charming, badass, door-kicking runaway freight train and ladies’ man, was the one who was molested as a child.
I think a lot about how he showed vulnerability and even cried and got sick after seeing Buford in those episodes.
I think a lot about how the rest of the BAU supported him after finding out and didn’t treat him differently.
I think a lot about how the show’s portrayal-slash-perception of Morgan’s masculinity and general badassery are not at all affected by finding out that he was victimized as a child.
I hope that somewhere, some man who was sexually abused as a child was watching one or both of those episodes and realized that if Derek Freaking Morgan was victimized as a child and was shown as vulnerable and emotional and that didn’t make him weak or unlovable, that what happened to that man didn’t make him weak or unlovable either.
I hope that the Carl Buford storyline helped at least one survivor of childhood sexual abuse find peace. Maybe even come clean about his abuse.