Annually the Time magazine elects the person of the year (for good or bad reasons). For 2017 it’s not just a person but a group of people, million of victims reunited in one word: the #meToo hashtag which is also a movement against sexual abuses.
The women and men who have recently broken their silence (we can call them the “silence breakers”) are from any races, all income classes, all occupations and, virtually, from all corners of the globe. They may be people working in a hotel, celebrities in the film industry, employees in the Parliament or any other business organization. Before that they had no one to talk with and ask support for the inappropriate, abusive and illegal behaviour they’ve faced in their life from employers, colleagues, friends or any other individual who felt the right to use his/her power to obtain everything. The #meToo hashtag have broken a “psychological” wall, yet has been animating and changing the social media conversation in a way that would have been unimaginable few years ago.
All these people kept silent for years, afraid of losing their job and, with it, the possibility to sustain theme selves and their family. The most vulnerable people had to face also the fear of being persecuted, rejected by the community or even killed, and there was no one who could help them with a reasonable hope of success.
But now they have a voice and have begun to speak. Everything started thanks to internet and women who had the courage to spread their stories across the world, telling everyone the tragic and painful offences they received. The #meToo movement was created some years ago by activist Tarana Burke, but gained international popularity just recently when celebrities started accusing Harvey Weinstein, head of the star making studio Miramax, of sexual abuse.
These women and men, thanks to the #meToo movement, are becoming an example to follow for many other people (‘ordinary’ or not), and give them the strength to finally refuse these actions. The movement may have started a revolution that hopefully won’t make these ‘evil acts’ acceptable any more. It may be a valid support to the fight against body exploitation and the culture built around it.
How should people behave and react when they become a victim of this form of violence? Do you think this movement and viral phenomenon will solve the problem for good?