The hashtag #MeToo has taken over the internet. People across the globe are coming out in huge numbers to identify with this viral campaign by sharing their experiences of sexual harassment and abuse.
Within days the #MeToo hashtag has jolted the collective sensibility of the world. Hundreds of thousands of common people as well as high profile celebrities have taken to the internet to share that they too have been victims of sexual harassment or abuse at some point in their lives.
So huge has the #MeToo campaign become that more than 500,000 tweets have been sent out so far using the hashtag.
In a world where victims and survivors of sexual violence are shamed and asked to stay silent, the #MeToo campaign has become as a symbol of defiance. Suddenly, survivors of sexual abuse no longer feel ashamed to share the torment that they have gone through. Each new post and each new tweet is adding strength to this global movement led by the citizens of the world.
Not surprisingly, for many people this is the first time they have openly spoken about their story of sexual abuse.
There is so much I could say about #MeToo. The is the first time I do talk about it. 3 people in my life knows it.
— Pia Deluca (@Pia_Deluca) October 17, 2017
The accounts of sexual violation shared by those using the #MeToo hashtag are heartbreaking…
get heated about these things, it happened to me from a very close relative not to mention it went on for years starting at age four #metoo
— Morgan (@spooky_nerdo08) October 17, 2017
#Metoo and the guy I was with at the time brushed it off and said “that’s just their culture”
— Randi Neary (@RandiNeary) October 17, 2017
This person had a very valid point to make.
It's time we acknowledge and accept that it happens everywhere. To women and men alike. #MeToo
— Visalani Ravindran (@visalanir) October 17, 2017
Since women are more often at the receiving end of sexual violence, a repeated theme was to raise boys to respect women.
We wouldn't be telling men to protect women if we taught them to respect them in the first place #MeToo
— #Shokan_sa_reta (@MorrisTruth) October 17, 2017
The heart-breaking stories that are flooding the internet and the realization of the magnitude of the problem has left many people, very, very angry…
I am so heartbroken by all the #MeToo posts flooding my facebook. Stories from my former students bringing out some epic maternal rage in me
— Moomin 🕊️ (@miriampierard) October 17, 2017
Reminder that if a woman didn't post #MeToo, it doesn't mean she wasn't sexually assaulted or harassed. Survivors don't owe you their story.
— Alexis Benveniste (@apbenven) October 16, 2017
This lady sums up our feelings at Bolo Jawan:
— Anna (@AniaNL) October 17, 2017
We’ll leave our readers with this thought…
— Rupert means Brexit👻 (@RupertMyers) October 17, 2017