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#MeToo is about empowering women

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The social media campaign ‘Me Too’ is about empowering women to feel safe enough to speak out about sexual assault and harassment.  Through Social media the campaign has been a really good foundation for women to actually be able to speak out and do so safely - the whole idea of the campaign is about empowering women to do so.

Numbers, when it comes to #MeToo, are important. They show a lot of different things: how powerfully something resonated, where it found the most audience members, who was most attracted to and energized by it, and what sparked new surges of popularity. This is particularly important considering the enduring taboo around discussing sexual assault and harassment, among both male and female victims. These numbers show what many women already knew: that people all over the world experience sexual harassment and assault, and every culture needs to do something about it.

The unexpectedly widespread nature of #MeToo is revealed in other data, too. The hashtag and its translations around the world have trended in 85 different countries in
2017.  It’s not fair to use this data to declare specific countries have a “problem” with sexual assault; some national cultures may be more comfortable discussing sexual assault out loud than others, for example. What this does seem to reveal is that it’s a seriously worldwide issue, even in places which have reputations for high levels of gender equality. The entire point of the #MeToo phenomenon was to make the scale of sexual harassment and assault worldwide highly visible — and it has, in ways that perhaps
nobody predicted. Simply visibility, of course, isn’t enough — and the fact that this hashtag has encouraged more allegations against prominent male abusers to be
made public is a good thing. But the way in which people are talking about assault and harassment is now more open than ever before, and can teach us about the
problem in unprecedented ways.

Altogether, this #metoo hashtag could actually change the world to a better place in general and for women in particular.

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