Psychologist says #MeToo campaign is a good first step

Gabrielle Union arrive on the red carpet at the 69th Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater Sept. 17 2017 in Los Angeles

Dan MacMedan USA TODAY

Union opened up about her own experience as a rape survivor, in response to the call for sexual assault victims to speak out as a way to highlight how often it occurs. Lady Gaga, Rosario Dawson, Debra Messing and Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany were just some of the notable names to take part in the social media campaign in the following hours and days. "And we would also like to reiterate our pledge and commitment by saying that we hear every single one of you", said the city's constabulary in a Facebook post yesterday.

Wagatwe Wanjuki, a social media specialist for Daily Kos who created the #SurvivorPrivilege hashtag a few years ago, said she respects that many of her friends are feeling solidarity with the new campaign.

So Wanjuki chose to write her own post, explaining why she won't say "me, too". I have the platform, and plenty of unfortunate experience, but I don't talk about it.

Darkness 2 Light is a non-profit which helps victims of sexual abuse.

Social media has provided a way for women to take these crimes out of the closet and out of the shadow, said Shannon Sampert, an associate professor of political science at University of Winnipeg who studies media and women. Moore, whose nonprofit helps women of domestic violence, believes she is seeing things change when it comes to topics like sexual assault and harassment, which are being discussed in new ways. They, in turn, promise to listen to the complaints "with patience and kindness".

Remember how we were told when we were younger, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all?" "It's like oh my God, the magnitude of this situation is huge!" Hundreds of thousands of men and women were talking about their horrific, debilitating experiences and that their voices mattered. What began online spilled on to the streets - and how!

It is very easy to vilify and shame public figures who carry out horrendous acts of sexual assault (Harvey Weinstein being the latest example).

"I saw #MeToo and my arm went numb", she said.

The agency has seen a pretty positive outcome from people who have been more motivated to release comments. I don't tell them that it's unacceptable to touch someone and then pretend it was an accident as you laugh with your friends. "The conversations are happening, that's a change", she wrote to The Washington Post in a follow-up message. "This is where the work starts".

Lhiannon Collins, a Mansfield senior who's trying to start her own awareness initiative on domestic and sexual violence at Mansfield High School, was one in the sea of many. I was told that it wasn't that bad.

It can be a relief for participating survivors to say out loud that they too have been subjected to the abuse, the catcalls, the harassment, the violations small and large at the hands of people who are historically protected from consequences. "You should definitely say something because they should definitely be punished for their action", she said.

"Even after I was being treated for injuries and I had filed a report and I was having panic attacks left and right, it took me still weeks", Crain said.

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