Quad Cities Women Respond with #MeToo
Quad City citizens respond to an online hashtag campaign to raise awareness for sexual assault.
When I saw #metoo all over the statuses of friends on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, I knew I wanted to respond. And my response?
It was started by actress and activist, Alyssa Milano, in response to Harvey Weinstein and women's rights. It quickly sparked an online fire of voices, crying out to bring awareness and have their voices heard.
Yes. Me too. It's such a real and present part of our culture. I feel an obligation to not stay silent and to share parts of my own experience to help others. I want to be a part of the solution and offer support and hope for healing. This is the least I can do.
That being said, I realize not everyone chooses to respond. I understand the right to privacy and the need to log off and not be triggered. Yes, it's been that impacting and that bad for some. They simply cannot use their voice at this time. And that is ok. There's been enough shame and guilt associated with sexual harrassment/abuse/rape.
I know I'm not the only one. I'm not the only woman. I'm not the only human that has experienced this. Our collective voices can help others in our community.
For more information and help in and around the Quad Cities, reach out to these area centers. You are not alone.