After #MeToo, new social movements put the burden on men

After #MeToo, new social movements put the burden on men

If women no longer feel that they have to be ashamed and bad conduct is not swept under the rug for fear of repercussions, would more voices be heard? The next night more than 53,000 people left comments of their story of either rape, sexual assault and harassment. During an all girl bonding session at our youth camp, several of the girls in the room shared intimate stories about their lives. This created an image of how many people are victimized by sexual abuse and harassment every day.

But instead of letting only the famous control the narrative, Milano asked everyday women to spring to action, suggesting women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted post the message, "Me too", on Twitter.

This movement started in response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal and revelations that followed it. He has also since been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and the Producers Guild of America (PGA). He was sacked from his own company, The Weinstein Company, and his wife divorced him.

The police department has shared a post on Facebook, saying they were "perturbed" by the number of women who shared their stories of sexual abuse.

A quote by Jackson Katz, who gave a TED Talk on the responsibility of men to end sexual violence, also made the rounds on social media platforms in the same vein.

The trend also started getting carried on Facebook and French women did similar things by posting their experiences about the sexual harassment at work using the hashtag " balancetonporc" or " sequel on your pig".

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Melanie Lucash, the education and prevention manager of the Attleboro-based domestic violence agency New Hope, said she believes the campaign is simply about raising awareness. McGowan accused Weinstein of rape this past week and was temporarily suspended from Twitter on account of a tweet that "included a private phone number", according to an official Twitter statement, inspiring a backlash against the company and their questionable and inconsistent handling of what qualifies as a bannable offense; McGowan's account was soon reinstated. Women seethe while men mansplain and continue to chomp down their dinner with noisy punctuations about how they're right.

Although originally in response to Weinstein and the slew of similar sexual harassment reports now widespread across the news, #MeToo has quickly grown into a larger conversation, and it's a hard one. Men either talk about women's safety in terms of logistics or pretend it doesn't happen with People Like Us.

The multitude of #metoo statuses on Debbie Patterson's social media over the last few days reminded her of many experiences throughout her own life.

Victims sharing their personal stories can help other victims to understand that "it is not their fault" and there is always a way to turn things around and recover from the dark phase.

But she added that, while reading other people's stories "feels bad", there's some comfort in knowing she isn't alone. But the reality is nothing will change actually if the mentality of men will remain same.

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