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The ‘Me Too’ campaign is taking over social media

By Jesica Slabbert - Oct 18, 2017
The ‘Me Too’ campaign is taking over social media

Over the past week, two words have been taking over all forms of social media and creating awareness for a serious and ignored problem in society. The hashtag “Me Too” has been shared, tweeted and posted by women and men around the world.

For those not in the know, the “Me Too” campaign began when the news of many attempts at sexual assault and harassment by film producer, Harvey Weinstein, were made public by many famous Hollywood actresses.

Actress Alyssa Milano had accused Weinstein of raping her and spoke about it on social media to inform the public.

Her Twitter account was then suspended, which prompted an outcry of women in solidarity, who boycotted Twitter to protest their silencing of women’s voices.

The campaign was created to raise public awareness about just how common sexual harassment and assault is in the world.

Women and men were encouraged to post and tweet the phrase; “Me too”.

If all the folks, who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote “Me too” as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem, or simply the words “Me Too”.

This was sent out on Sunday and has since gone viral, becoming the top trending hashtag on Twitter and the most talked about topic on Facebook.

This campaign has caused many to open their eyes at just how common sexual assault and harassment is in society, and that it is being ignored and swept under the rug by many.

It can be very heart-breaking to see how many of your own female and even male friends were victims of this and able to speak up about it on a very public platform.

More than exposing women who have been abused, this campaign speak out about male violence that is a daily occurrence in every country in the world.

Some people have commented saying that even though they too have been a victim, they refuse to post the tag because they believe it should not be the victims’ responsibility to speak out every time.

“Why are we still demanding that women out themselves as survivors, again and again and again, rather than demanding that men out themselves as abusers?” asks Heather Jo Flores.

The campaign is still going, with more and more women speaking out, some even retelling their own horror stories and experiences on social media with the “Me Too” hashtag.