Viral “MeToo” Hashtag Highlights Rape Culture’s Prevalence
With just two simple words, legions of women have taken to social media to recount their personal sexual harassment experiences. Launched by actress Alyssa Milano, the viral hashtag #MeToo has taken over Twitter with both genders revealing and learning just how prevalent rape culture is.
#metoo I was 7 yrs old, when a teenager in my neighbourhood called me at his place and fingered me for about 10 mins (1/2)
— someone actually (@raveenajha) October 16, 2017
3 years ago I went to the police & was told it was my word against his. They talked me out of making a report. Id never felt so alone #MeToo
— Samara Redway (@samararedway) October 16, 2017
Despite countless women speaking up about their experiences–some of which happened as a child other times while they were an adult–not everyone who tweeted the hashtag.
Not going into details here, but #MeToo.
— lunex ♿️ (@lunexmoon) October 16, 2017
One woman noted that despite coming forward about being sexual harassed at her job, the accuser wasn’t fired because of the offense.
at my first job I reported sexual harassment on behalf of myself & two others. He was fired a year later, but for being high at work #MeToo
— lauren lyness (@thelaurenann) October 16, 2017
Women weren’t the only ones who spoke openly about their experiences. A few men also spoke candidly about their experiences.
I was six. One of my dad’s friend asked me to come to his place for ‘Math tuitions’. My parents must have thought he was harmless. #Metoo
— Shubhodeep Datta (@datta_shubho) October 16, 2017
The hashtag also inspired men to ask their wives, girlfriends and other to ask about their past.
That arkward moment when you ask your wife if she ad ever been sexually assaulted, and not knowing what her answer will be. #metoo
— Aaron Jackson (@A2theJax) October 16, 2017