TEXAS VIEW: The #MeToo movement in social media

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The new #MeToo, which immediately spread beyond Milano's 3.2 million followers, follows recent explosive reports of multiple sexual assault allegations against Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein.

Almost everyone who uses social media in the USA has probably heard of #MeToo by now, and for some of us it absolutely dominated our Facebook and Twitter feeds. "And it does in a certain way, but also when this hashtag dies down, and people thinking about it, I'll still be doing the work", Burke told the Los Angeles Times on Monday.

The trend #MeToo, Lewis said, "gives people an invention to view and to recognize this person over here - who they've always viewed as fitting into a world position, not necessarily associated with sexual violence - also had that experience too". They have kept their silence - until now. With each #MeToo post, that becomes more clear. I've heard everything from "I wear a fake engagement ring" to "I purposefully chose a male co-founder" so that women, typically founders, feel more protected and empowered, and less likely to be hit on by a VC forgetting there is a line of professionalism to uphold.

When women stand up to point out those abuses, I applaud their bravery and I cringe for their pain.

Women are posting messages on social media to show how commonplace sexual assault and harassment are, using the hashtag #MeToo to express that they, too, have been victims of such misconduct. Catcalls and lewd language directed at women are the simplest forms of harassment. WKU Police can be reached at 745-2548 and should be contacted in the instance of sexual assault or rape.

Here's a news flash, bro: Women already know that "not all men" are predatory harassers and sexual assaulters.

Incidents of sexual assault and harassment are on the rise, not just in India, but everywhere. Then, right in the middle of her sharing her pain with me, I cut her off and immediately directed her to another female counselor who could 'help her better'.

It is very easy to ask why these girls or women didn't say anything before. We tell them "We're really sorry this happened to you, we believe you". The government would consult legal professionals on its proposals and hold workshops for citizens across the country, she said, aiming to put measures before Parliament next year.

She added that the online rally aimed at providing a venue for victims where they can share their honest thoughts without being forced to recall the traumatic experience in detail.

I admit that after looking at the broad picture, I too am guilty.

Leigh Gilmore, distinguished visiting professor of women's and gender studies at Wellesley College and author of "Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives". Again, we think it is in good fun.

Over the weekend, Icelandic singer Bjork took to Facebook to talk about a Danish director who she claimed sexually harassed her. I would be faced with some male bosses who were great, and many who were not.

"We don't really talk about sexual assault or domestic violence at all", said Morgan. We need to stop downplaying sexual harassment and abuse in all aspects of media. And hopefully, by Burke being credited correctly for her work, people who are unfamiliar with the particular challenges that people of color face when it comes to sexual assault will be inspired to learn and do more to help stop this abuse for all.

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