In recent months, sexual assault has become a great epidemic in our country. The biggest platform for this has been Hollywood. There have been numerous accounts in the last few months of Hollywood celebrities being involved in sexual assault cases for upwards of years. As one woman came forward to speak against her abuser, more and more were able to gain the confidence to come out of the shadows and reveal their stories as well–celebrities and the general public alike. This has prompted the emergence of the #MeToo campaign.
This campaign is meant to help women–and men–who have been victims of sexual assault at any point in their lifetime but felt they could not come forward with their story. The society of America today treats victims of sexual assault as the one responsible for the crime. Women are asked what they were wearing at the time of the attack or if they were under the influence of any substances. This has also prompted a campaign in the past called the No Means No campaign. This campaign attempted to bring attention to the public that despite a victims clothes or actions, when someone says NO it means NO.
Back to the #MeToo campaign, this has created a lasting affect on the internet and across television platforms. There have been peaceful protests and online media platforms to help people share their stories. This has done a great deal to help other victims of assault know that they aren’t alone.