I woke up to my Facebook feed full of #MeToo stories. For sometime I really did not understand why almost every female friend of mine is posting this. And adding her sexual assault or harassment story to it. I searched the web and understood that the tweet by Alyssa Milano to encourage all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted to tweet #MeToo.
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
This hashtag was tweeted half a million times in 24 hours. I understood that the goal of this tweet was to give people a sense of “the magnitude of the problem.” And the problem is huge !
‘Me Too’ movement started 10 years ago
Though these two powerful words came into light after the tweet by Alyssa Milano, the actual movement begun in 2014 by an activist Tarana Burke who was herself a victim. She wanted to help those who survived sexual violence.
Why do we stay quiet?
I was in Delhi in 2013 for my internship and while commuting through a crowded metro, I felt someone trying to feel me. What did I do? Raised a cry? Kicked the man hard? Reported the incident? None ! I just moved away from the particular place, angry, guilty and dumb headed. That incident was one of many which have happened over the years. But this one stayed with me for a longer time because I was old enough to take an action, but I didn’t.
I read the responses to Alyssa’s tweet and realised there are many other women who just let it go, just like I did. Why? Because some feel that the name of the culprit will remain attached to their lives and careers for a longer time. While others replied that their elders did not believe them or did not give the issue much importance. Some said they did not have enough proof to substantiate the crime while others just felt ashamed of reporting it. But there are two feelings which is common amongst all : Guilt and Anger !
This movement is huge and the main aim of giving everyone the sense of the magnitude of the problem has been accomplished.
Women, I hope you all find the strength to face your past and find justice.
Men, what will your reaction be if you find out that someone close to you has faced harassment? And what are your views on the #MeToo campaign in general?
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