The MeToo campaign/movement is a viral two-word hashtag used to denounce sexual harassment and assault. Despite common belief, the campaign did not start in 2017. #MeToo has been long used by social activist Tarana Burke, but got popularized by actress Alyssa Milano after well over 80 allegations towards Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s decades of abuse, rape and harassment was shed light on in 2017. This forced the conversation about sexual harassment, gender bias and sexual assault into the spotlight.
Women of all ethnicities, cultures, countries and ages go out with two words: me too. Some women share their personal stories alongside, some choose not to.
The sad fact is that sexual assault happens more than we want to acknowledge. Sexual abuse is nothing new, but the immense amount of brave women daring to break the silence about sexual harassment and assault is a true reckoning.
An informative thread on why so many chose to stay silent: