Recentresearch by CNN shows that, 35% of women around the world have experienced sexualor physical violence and 120 million girls have experienced forced sex.
The#metoo movement spread virally in October 2017 following the tweet of actressAlyssa Milano. She encouraged women to share their stories of sexual violenceto give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem. By the end of the day,the phrase “Me Too” had been used more than 200,000 times and tweeted more than500,000 times by October 16. Though the numbers are rising rapidly, manybelieve that the movement is ridiculous and just another way for women toattract attention. However, the #metoo campaign is important because it allowsthe survivors of sexual assault or harassment to come forward, brings the harshrealities of society to the surface and encourages others to hand out the rightequity. Although, this will not stop the occurrences immediately, it will urgepeople to take this matter seriously and make our society safer for women. Firstly,the campaign is justified because it enables the victims of violence to sharetheir story without any fear of judgment or criticism.
One study in 2003 foundthat 75% of women who spoke out against violence in workplace faced retaliationand thus many refrained from it. If these acts of violence are to be stopped,it is necessary for the world to realize its depth. However, when victims docome out to report harassment, they are forced into telling every detail which leadsthem to feel invaded. When a two word phrase is all that is needed for avictim’s story to be heard, they can express themselves without any sense ofshame. In sum, the #metoo movement creates a platform for the survivors tosupport each other by opening up about their horrific experience.Secondly,this movement is crucial because it is bringing to light the shocking number ofpeople who have dealt with this issue. Social networking sites, such as,Facebook and Twitter are flooding with responses from over 85 countries. Asthese numbers also include high profile celebrities, it is dawning on peoplethat no place is safe for women unless serious action is taken.
Due to its widespread, the campaign has moved from social media to the streets. On October2017, almost 2500 women marched the streets waving placards of #metoo. Eventhough legal actions cannot be taken against the assaulters just by conductingrallies, it will surely spark the change. To summarize, this campaign is aneye-opening event for everyone to realize and take measures against theinhumanity to women.Finally,gender equality has been emphasized by this movement.
For instance, men alsocame forward to support this powerful social media campaign. This shows usthat, harmony can be established in workplaces and violence can be stopped ifmen and women work together. In addition, more women feel empowered by sharingtheir stories with the world. They are actively participating in the campaign,protesting and supporting each other. In fact, the victims must take the firststeps to ensure justice. Given these points, the movement is constantlyreminding people that equality is important to reduce violence against women.
Thesocial media campaign #metoo is more than just another viral tweet trending on internet.It gives women a chance to voice their stories and not feel ashamed orresponsible. As a result, people are forced to think about the situation and waysto control it. More people should come forward to join this movement. If this movementis not supported, then, the increasing number of sexual violence will gounnoticed further diminishing women’s status in society. To build a betterworld, it is important that women are considered equal in every aspect of life.Since 1998, 17,700,000 women have reported a sexual assault.
Words of comfortcannot compensate for their pain or trauma. But, fighting with them can.