#MeToo Movement Empowers Through Empathy
Sexual assault victims are finally finding their voices
2018 seems to be the year of the woman.
Women have made huge strides historically for equality, whether it be the right to vote, equal pay, or speaking out about sexual assault and harassment.
Over the years women have been silenced by either people not believing them or thinking they are “less than” a man. This made women shy away from coming forward with their experiences with sexual assault and harassment.
Women have also been silenced by people turning against them when they do in fact come forward. Recently life coach Tony Robbins stated that women that were using the #MeToo movement were just trying “to get significance and certainty by attacking and destroying someone else.” That kind of thinking is not anything new towards women– we’re almost used to being attacked when we try to address an issue or “call someone out” for their wrongdoing.
Although women have been silenced for centuries, their silence has now been broken, and it is defending.
In 2017, TIME magazine even named The Silence Breakers as their ‘Person of the Year.’ They honored all the women involved, and the movements behind them like #MeToo and Times Up.
So many women have come forward to share their horrific experiences through the #MeToo movement, and by sharing their stories seems to inspire and empower other women to come forward as well. With such a positive response, it seems as though the #MeToo movement is one that is empowering women and victims of sexual assault and harassment all over.
These individuals went through something so traumatic, the response they are receiving from the public has been overwhelmingly positive, and it seems to leave them feeling more liberated than ever.
#MeToo is about giving people a voice and one of their mottos is “empowerment through empathy” by showing these individuals that they are not alone. #MeToo’s ultimate goal is to “disrupt all systems that allow sexual violence to flourish.” They want to stop the current perpetual ignorance the public has regarding sexual assault victims, especially those in Hollywood or from people of power in general.
Personally, I have been both drugged and sexually assaulted. I was drugged when I was in high school, and when I tried to tell my friends, they didn’t believe me. They actually sided with the guy that had in fact put drugs into my drink. That kind of betrayal made me stay quiet the next time I was taken advantage of. Keeping quiet made me feel so empty and alone. I felt like no one would believe me since they didn’t believe me the first time.
The second I told someone about what had happened to me I felt so relieved. Not only did they believe me, but they justified that what had happened to me was wrong. Speaking out about what had happened to me made me feel inspired, as well as confident to tell my story to more people in hope that it could help someone else who is going through the same exact situation.
Movements like #MeToo and Times Up are so important, especially right now for our society. Women and men need to know that they are not alone, and there are thousands (if not millions) of people who will believe and support them.
The #MeToo and other movements alike are not only giving people affected by sexual assault a platform to safely tell their story, but they also provide a community that supports and lifts the victims out of the dark.