#MeToo

As we all know, Me Too is a movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault. This movement keeps growing, the stories keep coming, and more women (and men) are finding the courage to speak up. I don’t think any of us have a sense of the magnitude of the problem. I’ve dealt with it.

Early on in my work life, I had a boss who thought it was okay to comment on my body, to kiss me while out at a social work function, or speaking with me using sexual innuendos. I would let him know that it wasn’t appropriate or I would just ignore him. The one thing I didn’t do was go to human resources and report him. I needed my job. Reflecting on it now, I wish I had reported him. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one he tried to approach with that type of behavior.

I’ve had many conversations with female friends and family members about the Me Too movement. In fact, one of my discussions was with my daughters, niece, and sister-in-law at Thanksgiving. Their ages range from the early twenties to sixties. Each and every one of them said that they had dealt with it on some level. I don’t think I know of any woman who hasn’t. Do you?

Has anything changed since this movement began? I think there has been change but I feel we have only scratched the surface and cultural change will take time. We must keep fighting for those changes. I hope that the momentum of this movement continues to bring empowerment to those that have suffered and continue to suffer at the hands of their sexual harasser. Let’s all keep up the momentum of the Me Too movement. Let’s do it together!

 

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