Twitter can be a jungle, sometimes. But every now and then, a sense of community is built to help people realise they don’t have to fight their battles alone. This is exactly what the #MeToo campaign is all about…
Hollywood actress Alyssa Milano tweeted a very powerful message last night: She asked anyone on the social media platform to respond if they’ve encountered any form of sexual harassment or assault in their lives, to prove that the Harvey Weinstein scandal is no ‘one-off’ incident:
If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/k2oeCiUf9n
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017
The response was overwhelming. More than 32,000 people responded to Milano’s request, and shared their painstaking experiences with sexual assault.
The campaign has certainly harnessed the attention it needs to be taken seriously. Not only is it heartbreaking to see so many women suffering in silence, but one tweet from Jyn Erso summed up how prevalent sexual harrasment is:
Me too. Harassed, several times.
Like *every* woman I know.
Women who’ve “only” been harassed, not assaulted, consider ourselves lucky. ????
— Jyn Erso 2017 ???????? (@JynErso_2017) October 15, 2017
The brave women, and some men, who bared their souls found plenty of love and support from other Twitter users, too. The intention is to open the eyes of people who still see sexual harassment as something to be taken lightly. It certainly achieved that:
Don’t say you have a mother, a sister, a daughter…
Say you have a father, a brother, a son who can do better.
We all can.#MeToo
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) October 16, 2017
Stop policing the bodies of women and stop teaching young girls how ‘not to get raped’. Start teaching young boys about consent and fight against the toxic masculinity that underpins rape culture #metoo
— Liam Hackett (@DiageoLiam) October 16, 2017
FB is full of women saying #MeToo. Young women, older women, trans women, cis women, gay women, women of colour. Now will you listen to us?
— Kate Bevan (@katebevan) October 16, 2017
#MeToo is just tip of the iceberg. There are millions without any computer, internet access who have worse experiences of daily abuse
— NoToSilence (@akdwaaz) October 16, 2017