JOHANNESBURG - The hashtag #metoo was trending globally on Twitter on Monday and gave those affected by sexual harassment a chance to speak about their experiences.
Didn't report to the police for years because my mum told me he's "family" and we look out for family #MeToo— EmmaRoseButler (@EmmaRoseButler) October 16, 2017
When nobody believes you or supports you, you automatically doubt and blame yourself. There's something very wrong about that! #MeToo— Joanna Evans (@jomeva87) October 16, 2017
No means no. "How did you say it?" It doesn't matter how it was said. Don't downplay what you don't know. #MeToo— Christina Nguyen (@sarcasmisfun) October 16, 2017
Many affected by sexual harassment find it hard to speak up about what happened to them, also because people don't always believe them.
I just cant explain the feeling when it happens. Its a mixture of shame, fear and at the same time you want to forget about it asap. #metoo— Sarah (@SarahSyed_) October 16, 2017
Recently, US film mogul Harvey Weinstein has been making headlines as revelations about his predatory sexual behaviour came to light, but many has said he is merely indicative of a bigger, societal problem.
Rape culture in action is thinking sexual harassment is limited to an actual physical assault. #MeToo— Helena Wayne -- (@HelenaWayneBlog) October 16, 2017
Me too.— Linda Persson (@linda82_linda) October 16, 2017
It would probably be easier to count the women and girls who have never been sexuelly harassed. #MeToo
#metoo has taken a global turn with people across the world joining the trend, including those in South Africa.
Only a few know my story but no one will ever know how much it has and always will affect me. It will be apart of me and who I am #MeToo— ✨⇞Lost Girl⇞✨ (@Maleia94) October 16, 2017
#metoo Everyday catcalls and street harassment. The boss who propositioned me. The friend who assaulted me.— Lauren Beukes (@laurenbeukes) October 16, 2017
In August 2011 I was assulted. I have scars that I call stretch marks and the possibility of never having children. #MeToo.— Mrs Kweef (@KaptainKweef) October 16, 2017
Have never been able to speak about it and I'm afraid I never will #MeToo— Kerri -- (@kez_dnt_care) October 16, 2017
Every single woman has a #MeToo story.— BREAKFAST BINT (@zaanbanaan) October 16, 2017
If that doesn't terrify you then you're the problem.
Men who have been subjected to sexual harassment have also used the opportunity to speak up.
#metoo— --Spook Merchant-- (@Lucamas221) October 16, 2017
When I was 14, by my girlfriend at that time. With a knife to my throat. Stop silencing male victims.
Nobody believes men when they say they have been abused.— sherry ShayD (@sherry_shay__) October 16, 2017
They are ridiculed and taunted.
men abuse is real