Following the recent Harvey Weinstein scandal, thousands of women have taken to social media to share their experiences with sexual assault and/or sexual harassment with the hashtag #MeToo. The movement began on Sunday, with the hashtag developing across social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and more and more individuals have joined the movement since.
While a majority of the persons sharing the hashtag #MeToo identify as females, males are contributing to the movement as well, and I believe the contribution of any and all individuals to this movement is absolutely necessary. Regardless of who you personally identify as, sexual assault and sexual harassment are traumatic experiences that impact millions of individuals, and the #MeToo hashtag is bringing these experiences to light.
It has been truly eye-opening to see my own friends participate in this hashtag via social media, and to comprehend just how many people are impacted by sexual assault and/or sexual harassment is both appalling and further crucial. This type of abuse has been neglected and deemed as shameful for so long, and the bravery involved with persons sharing their stories publicly is absolutely commendable.
I have encountered both sexual harassment and sexual assault in my life, and I would argue that most persons reading this post have as well. Sexual harassment and assault can occur in a variety of ways, and regardless of how exactly a person is impacted by this form of abuse, every voice and every experience is as valid as the next. The #MeToo hashtag has become a powerful movement, and it is my hope that it will continue to expand and reach new audiences in order to achieve a global acknowledgment of how prevalent this problem is in the lives of individuals.
I am thankful that this movement has encouraged participants to make their voices heard.