MeToo and the potential for healing

Adapted from an article published in The Christian Science Monitor, October 19, 2017.

Most of those active on social media recently will have seen posts in their feed including the hashtag #MeToo and sharing stories of sexual harassment and assault. As I saw an ever-growing stream of posts from both female and male friends, I wondered what to do. First and foremost, I wanted to show compassion and support. ​While I respect that some may choose not to speak up, eventually I also felt it was important to say “me too,” briefly list the unsolicited and inappropriate advances I have experienced, and offer inspirational ideas.

Tarana Burke, who started the #MeToo campaign in 2007 to help sexual assault survivors, said that the phrase was intended “to let folks know that they were not alone and that a movement for radical healing was happening and possible.” I agree. As large as the problem is, the potential for prevention and healing is even more impressive.

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