The power and pitfalls of the #MeToo campaign

The #MeToo hashtag on Twitter came to be in the fall out of the revelations of Harvey Weinstein accusations. The hashtag has become a powerful symbol in shining the light on the dark and seedy underside of what some women have to endure.

Unfortunately, despite the good that this campaign has created, there are some drawbacks. One drawback is that the campaign inherently results in triggering stories. The other is that the campaign did not consider men who have been the subject of sexual abuse. Yes, it does happen and there is a stigma (arguably worse) on men who come out.

Her Too

I have never met her in person, but I consider Rebecca Sachiko Burton a friend. She used to comment often on this blog, and we’re Facebook pals. I very rarely check Facebook, but was on there tonight when I saw that she had posted this. I was first of all shocked that something like this had happened to someone I know. More than that, I was staggered by the moral courage she showed in making it public. I asked her for permission to post it here, and she agreed. Rebecca is a Mormon, a fact that, as you will see, is relevant to her story:

Social media campaign #MeToo aims to raise awareness, show broad impact of sexual assault

Two simple words became a rallying cry on Twitter to stand against sexual harassment and assault.

“Me too.”

Social media was flooded with messages Sunday, mostly from women, who tagged their profiles to indicate that they have been sexually harassed or assaulted.

Female journalists have no shortage of sex harassment stories

The media has come a long way in just a few weeks. My dinner last evening consisted of Korean beef steam buns with sweet potato tempura, spicy mayonnaise and sexual harassment.

What Do To If #MeToo Is Triggering For You

After exploding on social media on Oct. 15, the #MeToo hashtag has only continued growing in popularity, with more than 1.2 million tweets and “millions more” Facebook posts, according to CNN. But some people find the sexual assault-related hashtag triggering, and if you’re one of them, here’s what you can do to exercise some self-care and keep yourself protected.

 

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