Me too. These words started popping up on my Facebook wall over the weekend. I didn’t know its message at first, but later a few posts offered an explanation.
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.
Women wronged by men. Each incident much more complicated than it was to type the words me too on a single post. Or maybe, as these women typed the words me too, it was the first time they’d publicly acknowledged the haunting experience. Admitting these hidden truths is certainly complicated too. Further, some of the women felt led to include the culprits and the circumstances. Youth leader. High school health teacher. “I was standing on the verandah of my home in the city and I still remember that strange man.…” Suddenly, each one gave me pause. I hurt for the women and acknowledged the bravery it took to make this public statement. We all seek community.
For more on my thoughts regarding the Me Too movement, visit me over at Her View From Home.