Social media flooded with #MeToo as women discuss sexual harassment
New Delhi: Women from all around the world in social media are sharing their experiences of sexual assault with hashtagging two words, Me Too.
The stories are ranging from 140 characters on Twitter to detailed stories on Facebook have gained momentum with more and more girls and women sharing their experiences where they were sexually assaulted or molested in their childhood, adolescence or when they were adults.
Women are putting a hashtags with 'Me Too' to indivcate that they were sexually assaulted at one point of time in their life.
It started with actress Alyssa Milano tweeting, "Suggested by a friend: 'If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote 'Me Too' as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem." "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'Me too' as a reply to this tweet," she added.
"My mother was driving while he sat at the back with his hand under my skirt the whole time. I was seven. My sister was 11. His hands went everywhere inside my skirt and on my sister's back. My father who was in a different car dislocated the bastard's jaw with his bare hands later that night," Mallika Dua, Indian actress and comedian shared her experience on social media.
This led to a series of posts where women came up with horrific stories how they were sexually assaulted in their life, sometimes even by members of the family.
"As a small girl in a crowded bus with my mother. As a young girl in DTC buses. By a doctor who was treating my critically ill father in the hospital. I was afraid he would make my father suffer for it if I protested," said Jayshree Shukla in a post, an avid photographer.
"I remember how sitting just next to me in a 'tempo', my mother ordered me to pinch hard the man who was sitting next to me on the other side and was keeping his hand on my thigh and was rubbing his shoulder with mine. I followed the command and pinched so hard that the man screamed," shared Sharaddha Rizwan.
Following this, even men are also joining the protest and sharing their stories.