Pune: After actress Alyssa Milano started a Twitter campaign #MeToo to encourage women to talk about sexual harassment they have faced, thousands of women across the world have come forward to narrate their experiences or talk about the topic.
Interestingly, not just women, but men are also participating in the unique campaign to voice sexual harassment they have faced and to show solidarity with women victims.
“If you have been sexually harassed or assaulted, write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet,” Milano said on Twitter on Sunday, a hashtag that went viral in less than 24 hours. Now, with the hashtag ‘MeToo’, women are sharing their accounts and opinions through a series of tweets and Facebook posts.
Apporva Lele, a Pune-based professional photographer shared on Facebook, “If all the people who have been sexually harassed, assaulted or abused wrote ‘Me Too’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem. In solidarity to male survivors, let’s try to use the word people and not limit it to women only.”
City-based author Priyanka Menon shared a short, but meaningful post that read, “Perhaps ‘me too’ will do what ‘please don’t’ never could. Make them stop.”
Entrepreneur Nitesh Rao too shared the common ‘me too’ message saying, “I am against sexual harassment and there is no shame in talking about it. Even boys go through incidents like these, even we are vulnerable. But people don’t tend to understand us.”
Rama Bhandare, Teach For India Fellow, stated, “#metoo On a public bus, in a public gathering, let’s not turn a blind eye to whatever we suffer.”
Speaking about the campaign, activist Manisha Gupte of MASUM (Mahila Sarvangeen Utkarsha Mandal) said, “Talking about sexual harassment is difficult for women. Also, girls shouldn’t just be able to speak about harassment outside their homes, but also inside their houses. Girls should make sure that they share their experiences on social media in a way that empowers them. Nobody should be able to harm them due to their posts.” She said people should take the campaign in the right spirit and understand that sexual harassment is real and can happen to anyone.