Image Credits: Kimberly Corban / Twitter
On October 8, 2017, Harvey Weinstein, an American film producer and former film studio executive, was fired from the Weinstein Company board following allegations of sexual assault and harassment.
As of right now, 47 women and counting have come forward with allegations against Weinstein claiming that Weinstein invited them to a private room, where he either asked for a naked massage or sexually assaulted them.
You may have seen posts circulating around social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter that said something along the lines of: “If all the women 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. Copy & paste or share if it’s true for you too. #MeToo.”
The backlash against Weinstein’s misconduct from his victims as well as other victims of sexual abuse has been overwhelming. As a result of this, the hashtag #MeToo has begun trending on social media to raise awareness to the reality and severity of sexual harassment and assault.
Similar to the #YesAllWomen Movement in May 2014, which began after the Elliott Rodger attack, this movement has encouraged men and women of all ages to share their experiences of harassment, fear and sexual assault on Twitter.
While sharing their story is a crucial part of some victim’s recovery process, it is important to recognize that it is only a small step the journey to recovery. Not all victims are willing or able speak up. For safety reasons, many victims must remain silent. Some experience such severe post-traumatic stress that the memories are simply too painful. Before I go on, I want to say that that is completely okay. You are not alone. In fact, in 2015, 63% of sexual assaults went unreported to police, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
Kimberly Corban, a rape survivor and victim advocate, took to Twitter to discuss her own assault and to remind victims that they are not alone.
I don’t keep my rape a secret. #MeToo shows many survivors do.
My <3 is with each of you finding your voices tonight.
You are never alone.
— Kimberly Corban (@Kimberly_Corban) October 16, 2017
Public figures and celebrities are speaking out too. Alyssa Milano, Lady Gaga, Rosario Dawson, and more have united together in the fight against sexual predators.
If you are a victim of sexual assault and in need of help, Call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.