I’ll be the first to admit, I try to avoid the news whenever possible. I never watch it on TV anymore and I try to skim past it on social media every time it makes an ugly appearance. I honestly just get so sick and tired of seeing all the hate, violence, and horrible abuse in every single story every day (not to mention the childish name calling and constant political bs). It’s so discouraging when you are attempting to live a life of joy and protect your heart from being filled with despair and anger. It is nearly impossible to block it all out; however, especially when you are as addicted to technology as I am.
Recently, I have been seeing an influx of posts on social media from celebrities, bloggers, and normal everyday people who are using the hashtag #metoo. In reading through some of these posts, I have been able to determine that, for the most part, this is the result of the recent Harvey Weinstein scandal. However, the actual #metoo movement started back in 2007 by Youth activist Tarana Burke. Her goal was to get the conversations on sexual assault started to help bring more focus and awareness to the problem. With the recent allegations against Weinstein, this movement has been shifted into high gear via a host of Hollywood celebrities who have decided that they are done being silent.
There are currently over 40 women who have accused Weinstein of sexual allegations ranging from rape and sexual assault to sexual harassment. Although he adamantly denies all allegations related to anything non-consensual, you can get the gist of where this is going. In addition to these allegations against Weinstein, many celebrities (mostly women) have also come out and told their stories of assault and harassment with other people in Hollywood. The #metoo movement is truly gaining momentum as more women are inspired by those speaking out to do the same.
Let me just say this: I THINK IT’S AWESOME!!!
This is the level of focus that we have needed on this topic for many years. Why it took the Weinstein scandal to really bring it to light, I do not know. The fact that it did; however, is a blessing in itself. I am very anxious to see just how far this movement will now go and I encourage you all to use the hashtag #metoo to speak up and let the world know just how big of an epidemic this is. We need to let our voices be heard, not just for us, but for all those who are still too afraid to come forward. For those that are too afraid to speak out. For those that are too afraid to take a stand.
Together, we CAN make a difference! #MeToo
*I do realize that as some of you may be reading through the numerous allegation stories that have come to light, you may be triggered. Please take caution in your decision to read through them. In summary, Weinstein was accused by over 40 women and there are numerous men who reported knowing about it and saying/doing nothing. A lot of this occurred during what was supposed to be casting auditions in hotel rooms/suits, so you can imagine some of the allegations from that standpoint. Always be cautious of what you read.