‘Me too’ is about using the power of empathy to stomp out shame.
~Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement*
#MeToo applies also to women (and to a vastly lesser extent, men, also recognized) who are trying to change the world. So let’s use this #MeToo moment is time to reveal the insidiousness of cover-ups, the distrust created, the trivialization whenever survivors speak out in our sector. Our experiences are part of a systemic problem – perhaps one we even want to address in our work – that is, a global pandemic of predatory behavior and gender inequality.
The creators of the blog Women in Aid have graciously offered their online space to write and share our stories – to demonstrate just how widespread the experience of sexual abuse is in our sector, and to create the opportunity for us to have the experience of #MeToo.
I’m inviting all of us – who are able and willing – to share our survivor stories here.
*To learn more about the origins and the work of the #MeToo movement, click here.