#MeToo sparks a conversation

By Danielle Hogan – 1851 Staff

On Sunday, October 15, Alyssa Milano used social media to spread an idea about sparking a conversation about sexual assault and harassment. Milano encouraged women who experienced sexual assault or harassment to post “Me too.”

“If all the women 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,” said Milano in a tweet. Not only did this hashtag blow up on Twitter, but across other platforms.

All of this ignited after the Harvey Weinstein scandal, in which many Hollywood actresses accused him of sexual misconduct and assault. “Charmed” actress and close friend of Milano, Rose McGowan, was one of the accusers during the Weinstein case.

So many people have posted about this, but it’s important to recognize that not everyone who has experienced something has shared their story. 800,000 people posted by the early hours of Monday morning.

Sexual assault and harassment is a discussion that’s met with a wall of silence. The #MeToo movement is so important and so positive, but what is going to come from people posting on social media?

Lasell hosted a “#MeToo Tuesday” event on November 14 to have a sexual harassment dialogue. #MeToo Tuesday started a discussion and open dialogue in a judgement-free zone about sexual misconduct.

The majority of those who attended the event were women, but it’s important for the general public to be involved in the conversation. When more men attend these discussions or events relating to sexual assault and harassment, this is when changes may start to occur. It will help teach men and boys that certain behaviors are wrong.

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