We owe it to Alyssa Milano for making these two words, which are the saddest (and have the heaviest burden on them), go viral on social media. These are not just two words that belong to the English language. These are words that resonate with billions of women who have at some point in their life faced any form of assault.
One tweet started a Twitter trend, with both men and women were tweeting stories of being sexually harassed, assaulted and even raped, using #MeToo.
If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/k2oeCiUf9n
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017
Soon, our social media timelines were filled with harrowing tales of women and their #MeToo stories.
1. Celebrities too shared the hashtag.
If all the women who have been sexually harassed wrote "Me too" as a status, we might give people a sense of the problem#metoo
— Shenaz Treasury (@ShenazTreasury) October 16, 2017
any girl whos ever used public transport in India – local buses/trains has been a victim of sexual molestation & harassment. #MeToo
— Suchitra (@suchitrak) October 16, 2017
#MeToo and I beg for it end with me.
— Sumukhi Suresh (@sumukhisuresh) October 16, 2017
— Rickshawali (@Rickshawali) October 16, 2017
2. Mallika Dua shared her horrifying episode.
Me too pic.twitter.com/rF8Y3OKH55
— Mallika Dua (@MallikaDua) October 16, 2017
3. I don’t know a single woman who has said #NotMe .
— Sonali Gupta (@guptasonali) October 16, 2017
Unfortunately it isn’t just #MeToo it is you too, he too, them too….Us Too
— Monicka Vadera (@mvadera) October 17, 2017
5. She doesn’t. No one does.
— Mayuri Saha ☭ (@mayuritweeting) October 17, 2017
6. Women mustered courage and shared their stories.
By the way, #MeToo
At afrojack concert and once on the road by a perverted old uncle!
— Sabudana khichadi (@Dishasatra) October 16, 2017
I was walking home in broad daylight when a man was walking towards me, furiously rubbing his privates, while looking at me. #MeToo
— Lavanya Shrivastava (@Lavanya403) October 16, 2017
#MeToo …on several ocassions, by different men. Some of whom I still uncle and brother.
— Sushri Sahu (@SushriSahu) October 16, 2017
#MeToo by some men whose faces I don't remember and by some whose faces I do.
— Rachna Srivastava (@SPIN_occhio) October 16, 2017
I was 4 when it happened with the first man. then 7 with another. then 9. then 11. then 13. then 19. then 20 *No penetration no rape* #MeToo
— Anandita Malhotra (@theopengates) October 16, 2017
7. Harassment at work is a scary as hell.
around 6mos earlier, did a 3day promo for a real estate show where an ol rice mill owner offered to giv me a job if i "met him alone" #MeToo
— Imaan Sheikh (@sheikhimaan) October 16, 2017
8. Others motivated those who were afraid to come forward with their truth.
If you aren't okay w posting #MeToo, know this:
1. I believe you.
2. You don't have to speak up to be brave. Living in the after is brave.
— Bindas Ladki (@bindasladki) October 16, 2017
instead of telling young women to dress appropriately, teach young men to NOT rape, that NO means NO and to love accordingly. #MeToo
— Bindas Ladki (@bindasladki) October 16, 2017
9. Sad truth!
In Saudi they behead men who rape. In China they castrate them. In North Korea it’s the firing squad. In India all we can do is say #MeToo.
— Meghna Pant (@MeghnaPant) October 16, 2017
10. What kind of world are we living in?
Seeing half a million+ tweets on #MeToo & wondering so many sexual/violent assaults happen against women,what kind of world r we living in?😔
— Meghna Ki Deepawali (@MeghnaFoodMagic) October 17, 2017
11. This thread is heartbreaking.
One day I got locked outside my house. Decided to stay in the car with the driver. I remember, he must be around 25yrs old, I was 12. #MeToo
— Anjali Patil (@anjalipatil26) October 16, 2017
12. We all share the pain.
Every woman I know has been molested, abused, touched inappropriately, assaulted or raped atleast once in their lives. We all have our stories & struggle. #MeToo
— Saniya Sayed (@Ssaniya25) October 16, 2017
13. It was a BIG deal.
Was working at a client field, when an elderly man came behind and hugged me. My manager said it wasn’t a big deal #MeToo
— Sofia (@_macaryos) October 16, 2017
14. It has.
The number of #metoo stories being shared are too many and also very disturbing. Humanity has failed.
— Manasi Pathak (@ThatUnitedLady) October 16, 2017
15. This must’ve taken a lot of courage.
Nobody knows. Never been able to talk about it.#MeToo
— Meghna Sharma (@meghnarcist) October 16, 2017
16. Now, we can.
Each of us has a story to tell. Most of us were too young to fight back. And that’s what was taken advantage of #MeToo
— Neyhaa (@NotTotallyRad) October 16, 2017
This is making us cry with rage and it’s high time the society takes that veil off their eyes and see how huge the problem is.