It may have just started as a simple social media campaign, but the #MeToo cause definitely ramped up into something more. Twitter reported that in just a two week span some 1.7 million users had used the hashtag on its platform. There were even other variations of the hashtag floating around in other countries according to CNN. These included a version in France that translated to #SnitchOutYourPig.
It all got started when allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein started to come out in the press. He was accused of having sexually harassed and assaulted numerous women over many years. People clung to the story and wanted to speak out about their own experiences. They took to social media to do so. The goal being that as more people talked about their stories, even more would be encouraged to do so. The hope was that this would help eliminate some of the stigma that comes with sexual abuse.
Numerous high-powered men have been accused of sexual assault or harassment as of late, and this is starting to spark a nation-wide conversation. A member of Congress even started a hashtag specifically for Congress. It was hoped that stories of harassment on the Hill would be shared. There have been plenty of them.
Now, more campaigns have been springing up to try to encourage men to talk with one another and come up with solutions for battling the ever-present issues surrounding rape and sexual assault. It is hoped that with more conversation on the topic, more men will be able to be part of the solution on this issue as well.