“Me Too”, a seemingly harmless sounding word has been tweeted over a million times in the past 24 hours, unmasking a horrible reality of the world we live in. The frequency with which the term is appearing on our social media reveals that there are more women, who were sexually assaulted or harassed, out there than we could ever imagine. And yet we see no one being prosecuted or even held accountable.
If there are a huge number of victims then there must be perpetrators as well. Will the man who groped Indian comedian, Mallika Dua, on the backseat of her car while her mother was driving completely unaware, ever be held accountable for what he did?
The social media movement started with actress Alyssa Milano’s tweet.
If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/k2oeCiUf9n
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017
The tweet was in response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal. The Hollywood producer has been accused of sexual harassment by over 50 actresses including Angelina Jolie and Kate Winslet.
What followed the tweet was thoroughly disturbing. It made us realise the magnitude of the problem. We saw our neighbours, best friends, top actresses, corporate queens, and the likes type out “Me Too”, letting the world know that they are victims. The best friend never had the heart to tell us about the horror she had faced, but here she was, letting the world know – hoping to contribute to change.
And so were many others – some famous and many others not.
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) October 15, 2017
— Ayesha Gulalai (@AyeshaGuIaIai) October 17, 2017
Me too pic.twitter.com/rF8Y3OKH55
— Mallika Dua (@MallikaDua) October 16, 2017
you can’t forget how many “normal” seeming predatory men lurked around ur child self in the shape of a neighbour, a teacher, an uncle #MeToo
— Imaan Sheikh (@sheikhimaan) October 16, 2017
Yes #MeToo When I was all of ten and couldn’t even tell what was wrong – but I could still feel it…
— Seema Goswami (@seemagoswami) October 16, 2017
Me too https://t.co/ScX67Kmmiy
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) October 15, 2017
The sad truth:
Tbh. I don’t know a single woman who hasn’t experienced sexual harassment/assault. #metoo
— Noor Tagouri (@NTagouri) October 16, 2017
This person has the sanest advice.
What men should take from #metoo campaign is not that the women in their life need more protection, but that the men need re-education.
— Wil Redd 📝📖🇵🇷 (@wilredd) October 16, 2017
But it can happen to anyone – male or female – by anyone – a close relation or a complete stranger.
On my own behalf: #MeToo
On my husband’s behalf: #MeToo
Bad people can be any gender
Victims can be any gender
— Mister Grinch (@whoreandpeace) October 16, 2017
I was 13…he was a family member…I was not the only one…I told right away…nothing was done and it kept happening to others #MeToo
— Gail Guitard (@2Jellybean40) October 16, 2017
Even to this gentleman here.
Thought I’d share this gem from this gentleman. https://t.co/YHk6BSO1VI
— Moni Mohsin (@moni_butterfly) October 17, 2017