My timeline is flooded with women sharing their unfortunate experiences with sexual predators of all sorts.
I've always known that it is something that most of us have faced but reading all these posts just breaks my heart especially because the worst crimes happened when they were just little girls.
I've also seen some posts criticising this as another 'attention seeking' gaffe of social media activism, you know what, GO TO HELL!
I know how hard it is to share something so traumatic and personal, my heart goes out to all the brave women, it gives me hope. We won't suffer in silence.
Me too for when I was harassed in a temple compound when I was barely 7 years old by a fucking temple priest with no idea what to do and I felt disgusted but couldn't understand what had happened. Until later, when I was seeing a video on television about good and bad touch, that's when I realized what that disgusting experience was all about.
That was the first but definitely not the last.
Me too for all the times I've been eve teased, jeered at or groped in public places.
As a college kid, I often used to argue with my friends that we shouldn't travel in the ladies compartment stuffed away but should travel in the general one like equals, we don't need reservation. And so I did until I was stared at and groped whenever it got too crowded, to an extent that I had to hold back the tears and get down at the next station, no matter my destination. So now, I travel in the ladies compartment.
Me too for when the boys from the adjacent boys school used the R-word to describe me or my friends for everything we did, from wearing a skirt to putting make up on. Calling a 13 year old girl the R-word (slut) doesn't really amount to sexual harassment but it damages you in ways I can't explain. I hope they're better men now, for the women they'll call wives someday or the girls they'll be fathers to, or for the society, I really do hope you become better men.
To those with the lifetime status of “me too,” I see you. I feel you.
I love you.
Thank you for your courage to face every day. Thank you for taking care of yourself. Thank you for surviving.
Even though we knew this in our bones, we learn today that we are not alone, a bittersweet fortune indeed. This both fills me with love and breaks my heart. As utterances of “me too” fill my feed, the normalcy of our shared experience of sexual harassment, abuse and assault triggers me.
This viscerally reminds me of what “bravery” feels like—a trembling mouth spilling truths, a shaking hand writing the story of us.
Valor doesn't always feel victorious.
Check in with how you’re feeling. Give yourself permission to do what you need to show yourself love, whether it's take a few days off of social media, run a few more laps, or seek solitude—what you need is valid.
I think it's amazing and incredibly brave that woman around the globe are connecting with with one another containing one common denominator that most of us share from varying degrees - sexual abuse or harassment.
Our brothers, cousins, friends and wider community needs to be educated and taught that sexual harassment or abuse is wrong!!! So very wrong!
This is a message to the men that think it's OK 👌 ... From being a child, teenager, young adult to the adult I am today, I have lost count at the number of times I have been sexually harassed and then abused/assulted. It is a terrifying encounter, where you take advantage for your own gratification. I've cried about it many times and felt scared to be alone. Why should I be scared to walk at night by myself and have my keys ready in my hand to poke you in the eye? Why can I not go to a bar without being groped? Or cnt wear my nice high shoes, because I'm always ready to run? It's not just me.... It's my girlfriends, cousins, sisters and family too. Why do you think this is OK? #metoo#sexualabuse#sexualharrassment#onebillionrising#medicalmedium#womenempowerment#strongwomen#standtogether#endabuse#health#education#men#communityproblem#global#powerpuffgirls#sisters#soulsisters#sisterhood#wildwomen
Me Too...at home, on the street, while traveling, in the yoga studio, at the bar, by friends, by coworkers, by partners, by strangers.
If all the female-identified people 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.
The most recent statistic I heard was 1 in 3 women will be sexually assaulted in their life. Based on the stories I've heard from friends and family it feels more like 1 in 2 or even every 1. Thanks to this trend on social media, maybe someone new will understand the gravity of the situation but the conversation doesn't stop here. I encourage you to speak up and have these conversations in person with people you never thought you would talk to about your assault(s). #OneBillionRising#MeToo