#MeToo Movement

In October of 2017, actress Alyssa Milano sent out a tweet storm asking for victims of sexual assault or sexual harassment to respond to her tweet with the words “me too” and a movement was born.

Of course, Milano wasn’t the original creator of this movement, that honor falls with Tarana Burke and her non-profit Just Be Inc. (Garcia, 2017).  Milano gave the movement the publicity and push it needed to become something that everyone was talking about.

As of today, February 2, 2018, the movement is still a top headline and is still relevant. So, you’re probably wondering what does it matter and essentially…

who cares? 

For decades, individuals in the entertainment industry, government, and business have abused, harassed, and assaulted others with little to no consequences. Calling this behavior what it is, criminal, is just a simple way to take back the dignity and humanity of anyone with a story like this. You should care because everyone deserves a voice. Everyone deserves to be heard.

I’ve heard a lot of victim-blaming out there on social media. I’ve heard a lot of people asking why these people are just now coming forward after sometimes decades of silence. The answer is that now there’s a public forum allowing these voices to be heard and to be believed. The answer is that now these abusers are getting what they deserve.

On a personal note, #metoo.

what can you do?

  1. Share your story.
  2. Listen to others when they share.
  3. Don’t victim-blame.
  4. Donate.
  5. Boycott businesses that perpetuate this epidemic.
  6. Write your congressmen and women demanding action.

References

Garcia, S. E. (2017, October 20). The Woman Who Created #MeToo Long Before Hashtags. Retrieved February 02, 2018, from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/20/us/me-too-movement-tarana-burke.html

 

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