In the wake of the ever-expanding Harvey Weinstein sexual assault and harassment scandal, women all over the world are taking to social media platforms to show solidarity and illuminate an issue that impacts people from all walks of life.
Yes, I’m referencing the #MeToo movement currently flooding Twitter timelines and Facebook newsfeeds.
In case you’ve been out of the loop but noticed the deluge of “Me Too” posts from your friends and social media connections, women have been sharing this simple sentiment to show that they, too, have faced sexual harassment or assault. Some have even gone as far as to elaborate on their intensely personal accounts.
It’s a succinct and powerful acknowledgment that has shown the true scope of those who have suffered from predatory or intimidating behavior.
Actress Alyssa Milano initially posted the “Me Too” thought to her Twitter account in response to the Weinstein scandal, and it has since dominated the social media area.
There’s often discussion about the real power of social media movements to bring attention to social issues—Hashtag-activism, if you will. From Kony2012 to the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, there are strong, varying opinions as to Facebook and Twitter’s role. Regardless of debate, I applaud these brave women for sharing their stories and showing how immense of a problem sexual assault and harassment are today. It should never be tolerated, condoned, dismissed, or ignored—and the #MeToo movement is bringing it to the forefront.