#MeToo Floods Social Media with Stories of Harassment, Assault

#MeToo Floods Social Media with Stories of Harassment, Assault

In the wake of sexual abuse allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, tens of thousands of women are identifying themselves as victims of sexual harassment or assault.

In a Facebook post, Scott had a message for other women: "I'm sorry that your social media feed is filling up with all these triggering me toos. triggering feelings of guilt and fear".

It is through the hashtag that women hope to bring past and present trauma to light as a means to educate and prevent sexual assault from happening to other women. Let's recognize the extent that these experiences have on women's lives - in the work setting, in personal relationships and beyond. "I think it's kind of a mix of standing together as survivors of violence - you know, in that moment of violence, you feel kind of alone".

The company pointed to its statement from last week in which it said it was "proud to empower and support the voices on our platform, especially those that speak truth to power".

"Unfortunately there are people out there like that".

The president of the women's advocacy nonprofit group, The New Agenda, Amy Siskins, said hashtag " me too" has become popular as an extension of her campaign #WomenWhoRoar.

The police department has shared a post on Facebook, saying they were "perturbed" by the number of women who shared their stories of sexual abuse and reiterated their "pledge and commitment" by saying that "we hear every single one of you".

Historically what we know and our statistics show, and maybe it won't be the case once more men come forward, is that it's primarily women who are sexually harassed/abused/assaulted and its usually by men. And I was glad to see that several men who did it were making themselves vulnerable and not doing it for brownie points - like Weinstein (grossly) participating in the Women's March earlier this year.

Long, a former FOX Carolina employee, said that's why she chose to share her story in a blog post back in February 2016. Also accompanying it was the bitter threads of conversation asking, do we really need to say this, haven't we all been assaulted and so on.

"There's still such a stigma behind it", she said.

She says there have been multiple occasions throughout her life where she has been sexual harassed. Although most people think the idea originated with Milano, the original "Me Too" movement was started by Tarana Burke, and she created the campaign for the youth organization Just Be Inc.in 2007. "This happens to anyone". And so, there's no story that's unimportant, there's no person whose experiences shouldn't be validated. Ashley Hoshihara Cruz, a Sexual Assault Services Coordinator at the agency said,"I think people are not necessarily surprised when they think about as a whole but they get to see it one out of one, as in you get to actually put a face to the movement".

It wasn't until this hashtag was appropriated by privileged white women in the entertainment industry that it gained traction and popularity amongst social media users. SafeNet responding to the viral hashtag with this sign: "We Believe You". (NBC News doesn't generally identify sexual assault survivors and has respected the wishes of those who didn't want to be named in this article).

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