If you have been on the internet anytime recently, it would be likely to think that you have seen the #metoo hashtag gain popularity. If you haven’t, to summarize, it’s a hashtag that was started ten years ago by a woman named Tarana Burke, but gained international traction a few weeks ago. It is a way to show how many people have been sexually assaulted in hopes that the sheer number of people can make an impact.
Much of the problem of this trend comes when people shut down certain people from telling their stories. Not only that, but many people don't feel safe enough to come forward with any part of their story, or tell people they have a story at all. Many people have the courage and the safety to come forward about their experiences, but what about the ones who don’t? Overall, I think this movement is a step in the right direction of recognizing and encouraging women who have been through these kinds of traumatic experience, as well as starting a conversation about how to end the epidemic of sexual assault all over the world.