As I was scrolling through my social media feeds today, I saw countless #MeToo statuses. Some stood in solidarity, but far too many indicated that she was a victim of sexual assault or harassment. I was saddened by how many had to post this, but then I thought, those are only the ones speaking up. There are so many other women that are staying silent. And they are more than allowed to. Yes, this movement is meant to bring awareness, but it’s also to give a voice to the voiceless. To the women who don’t feel comfortable or safe sharing their accounts. To the women who have been hurt, objectified, or made uncomfortable or felt unsafe due to a man’s insensitive remarks or actions.
I read many statuses and stories of sexual assault throughout the day. I also spent much of the day reflecting on my own experiences, debating whether or not I also post a #MeToo status. Would people think I was being dramatic? Even though I wasn’t raped, does that constitute a #MeToo status? Would I be discrediting other victims of sexual assault by making a post?
I eventually decided that the answer is no. Not only that, but my thought process is part of why this is an issue. So many of us end up in situations like this and think “I’m just being dramatic” or “Maybe it was my fault,” or “It’s really not that serious.” Guess what. It is a problem, we should give it the attention it deserves, it is serious, and we need to use our voices and our stories to empower women and educate everyone.
So, yes, me too, I’ve experienced it. Me too, I felt embarrassed and still don’t feel comfortable with it, but in order to achieve progress, we must step out of our comfort zone and have those uncomfortable discussions.