#MeToo Campaign Empowers Victims of Sexual Harassment to Speak Out

Cheryl Sanders
October 18, 2017

"We see you, we hear you, we believe you and we're here for you". "Children see that, and they learn from us".

Late Monday, actress Milano credited Burke with creating "Me too" and tweeted a link to her organization. The riskiest years are 16-19, when women are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of these crimes. And like me, she didn't have the words to express her concerns. Burke said she "literally could not take it anymore" and "cut her off" and directed her to talk to another counselor, because she had experienced something similar to the girl in her past. With the #MeToo movement, "I wanted to take the focus off the predator and put it back on the victim". They expressedremorse at their attitude and vowed to do better, as a response to women posting with #MeToo.

She says there have been multiple occasions throughout her life where she has been sexual harassed. "There has to be a cultural change". It has since come out that while Milano played a huge part in amplifying the message of #MeToo, activist Tarana Burke started a Me Too movement more than a decade ago. When men were asked if they ever harassed females on the street, a stunning 64% of respondents in Egypt, the country where this is most prevalent, admitted to doing so.

"It is something that has happen to every woman I know and it has happened to a lot of men", she said.

"It takes peer pressure sometimes and this is incredibly encouraging", Jacob said. It was unnerving to not give explanations for why I was tweeting about my harassment. Just as I had done so many times before, I sat and listened to the stories, and comforted the girls as needed. From owning up to gaslighting women for speaking up against harassment and having inappropriately made advances on the domestic worker in their homes, men came out in large numbers to describe how they participated in harassing women and contributed to a culture of silence surrounding harassment. "Maybe this will make people, particularly men, pay attention to the issue more and call out their friends".

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".

"There's always a bit of backlash", Esser said. In some cases, it's a person the assault victim thought they knew. It shows how prevalent it is for people who say things like, "that rarely happens" or 'it's not that big of a problem'.

And just because someone remains silent on the topic doesn't mean she or he is unaffected.

That was the genesis of the movement - to help young women of color who had survived sexual abuse, assault and exploitation.

"My first experience with sexual harassment was when I was in third grade and I had a boy on the playground that was lifting up my skirt and making a gesture that he wanted to have sex with me", Edenfield said.

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