20 Oct ‘Me Too’ Sexual Assault Social Media Campaign Circles The Web
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A popular sexual assault campaign has taken over social media sites like Facebook and Instagram.
The “me too” campaign comes in wake of sexual assault allegations by at least 30 women against popular movie producer Harvey Weinstein. It encourages women who have been victims of sexual assault to post the phrase to bring attention to the issue.
However, with the posts comes ranging interpretations of what sexual assault is.
Brenda Weber is the department chair for gender studies at Indiana University. She says their definition is a form of non-consensual sexualized interaction between people that involves a form of power difference and usually of some kind of intimidation.
“But it doesn’t have to go all the way to an assault, to being touched, to rape … it doesn’t have to include those things in order to still be a sexually violent situation,” Weber says.
She says the campaign suggests that the issue isn’t singular or just happening to people in Hollywood or politicians but rather it’s more pervasive.
“There’s practically no woman that has not experienced some form of sexualized violence at some level and so I think it’s lifting the conversation out of a very murky place into a much more pronounced conversation where we have to acknowledge what’s going on,” Weber says.
Weber says this is only the beginning as she suspects more women will use the power of social media to come forward with allegations and stories.