#Me Too, Now What?
As horrible as it is, I’m sure i’m pretty safe in saying that most of us have experienced sexual harassment of some kind at some point in our lives. #Metoo is pretty comprehensive in proving this point, if you search the tag on social media, you’ll be faced with an extensive list to say the least. It’s filled with stories from people of all genders, ethnic groups , ages and from countries all over the world. My point is #Metoo is a tag pretty most of us could add to, and that’s a scary fact.
I know each one of my friends all have their own stories, and usually it’s not just the one. They’ve lost track of how many times they’ve been cat called, groped, leered at, followed or even worse. So why is it still happening, and what can be done about it?
Well, that’s something we’re still working on, but it seems education and openness are vital for us to move forward with this issue, as well as putting safeguarding procedures in place for those who are victim to it. These things are unfortunately in practice, sometimes easier said than done. This is a subject which I never discuss, I’m never open with anyone about the things that have happened to me and I find it an awkward and difficult subject to bring up. I know that I’m not alone in this, I know there are so many other men and women that feel this discomfort around the topic. Our society is only just learning that this shouldn’t be a taboo, because this is preventing our growth.
Thankfully, there are a lot of people out there ready to talk about it, and ready to make a difference. Strong people who are bringing the debate to the table and aren’t walking away without some answers.
So #Me too, now what? Well, let’s start by talking about it.
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