‘Being silent made it hard’: #MeToo poems that talk about sexual abuse
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‘Being silent made it hard’: #MeToo poems that talk about sexual abuse

Tens of thousands of women are recounting being sexually harassed or assaulted by flooding social media with the hashtag #metoo in the wake of claims against movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

world Updated: Oct 17, 2017 10:46 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Women from across the world shared their experiences of being sexually abused. (Representative image)

A hashtag #MeToo broke the silence on sexual abuse. Thousands of women from across the world flooded social media on Monday with accounts of being sexually assaulted and molested.

The global response was triggered by allegations against Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein who has been accused of rape and abuse dating back decades by several women, including actors Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow.

The hashtag started trending late Sunday when American actress Alyssa Milano sparked an outpouring with a simple Twitter request that woman respond ‘me too’ if they have been sexually harassed or abused.

As more and more people started coming out with their accounts, the topic was trending into Tuesday, giving away how much it affects the lives of thousands.

Monica Lewinsky -- who was at the centre of the White House sex scandal in the 1990s leading to the impeachment trial of former US president Bill Clinton -- simply tweeted the hashtag #MeToo without comment. Lady Gaga and actress Evan Rachel Wood joined the conversation too.

Read | Mallika Dua shares her story as part of ‘me too’ protest: I was molested in the car as my mom drove

The hashtag cut across languages as well, with people offering support under #balancetonporc (Rat out your pig) in French and #quellavoltache (That time that) in Italian.

“Lived a life in a world where it was expected, grew thinking I deserved it,” wrote a user. “Couldn’t begin to count the # times or men-far too many.”

Some users posted poems running into four lines or a page, telling their stories of being abused at home, at work and on the roads. Others stood with the victims with resilient words: “It isn’t your fault.”

It isn’t the only time such a campaign echoed on social media. A similar social media campaign is playing out on Instagram among models who are sharing stories of abuse and harassment in the fashion industry. Three years before, it was another hashtag -- #YesAllWomen -- that trended after a man killed 6 people in California seeking “retribution” against women who had rejected him.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Oct 17, 2017 10:45 IST