#MeToo campaign takes off


The Mirror reporter

Have you heard of the hashtag Me Too? Lately, it’s been circulating many social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

The #MeToo campaign, according to New York Times, was first made by an African American woman by the name of Tarana Burke against sexual assault around 10 years ago. According to Burke, “It wasn’t built to be a viral campaign or a hashtag that is here today and forgotten tomorrow. It was a catchphrase to be used from survivor to survivor to let folks know that they were not alone and that a movement for radical healing was happening and possible.”

According to CNN, the campaign turned into a hashtag after actress Alyssa Milano went to Twitter asking people to share their stories of sexual harassment and assault using the hashtag Me Too. The movement sparked when producer Harvey Weinstein was publicly accused of sexually harassing multiple women who had worked with him.

Elizabeth Anderson, a SPASH social studies teacher said, “I hope this will lead to more conversation in school and in the younger generations.”

The #MeToo movement was so big that it has been made Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2017.

Anderson said, “I do believe the hashtag was effective because it spread outside of Hollywood and because people have stepped down because of it. However, it also worries me that people might think that it’s over with because people have talked about it, but that’s not the case.”