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.
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:
Two simple words became a rallying cry on Twitter to stand against sexual harassment and assault.
Social media was flooded with messages Sunday, mostly from women, who tagged their profiles to indicate that they have been sexually harassed or assaulted.
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.
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.