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#MeToo campaign: Kolkata Police urges victims to register official complaints

#MeToo campaign: Kolkata Police urges victims to register official complaints

It didn't take long for someone to create a gross meme of Lena, using paparazzi photos of the actress exercising, with the words, 'When you realize you ain't really Harvey Weinstein's type, but you need a movie deal'.

While the social media campaigns can help women and men who have experienced sexual assault and harassment feel a sense of empowerment, people need to do more than use a hashtag to prevent it from happening in the future, Sampert said.

"I think numerous people had much more traumatic experiences than I, but when I started thinking about it, there were way too many instances where I have experienced not assault, but harassment, which I think is based on the fact that it is acceptable, but also because I'm a woman".

It all started with a tweet late Sunday night.

Tarana Burke started the hashtag 10 years ago, but it wasn't until recently after the Harvey Weinstein scandal that it skyrocketed to popularity. "It's about a movement". Before that, there were others: #WhatWereYouWearing, #YouOkSis, and #SurvivorPrivilege, each started by a woman of color. I was told that it wasn't that bad.

Amy Siskind, president of The New Agenda, a women's advocacy nonprofit, tells Bustle in an interview that the #MeToo hashtag took off after she and The New Agenda made a big push for #WomenWhoRoar, a tangential counter-protest to the Twitter boycott.

"There's still such a stigma behind it", she said.

The 25-year-old then thanked all the courageous people who spoke out previously, as their stories are what gave her the courage to share her own experience. "And I'm not saying it's women's fault but why are you putting up with it?" She was the first person to sit down with us.

"I watched her walk away from me as she tried to recapture her secrets and tuck them back into their hiding place".

That simple hashtag is now sparking a national conversation.

"Similar to the #YesAllWomen campaign, this is inviting people who've been sexually harassed and/or assaulted to step forward and share their story - to make this issue personal, and force the general public to recognize how pervasive sexual harassment and assault truly are".

She says the campaign can help show victims they aren't alone.

Winnipeg social media guru Susie Erjavec Parker, who runs the Winnipegmom.ca blog, took to her own page in a live video to discuss how the trend had impacted her after being shocked by the "sheer volume of stories" she was seeing. "I think just to stand in solidarity and say "me too" is what I can give right now", she says.

Actress Anna Paquin, known for her work in True Blood, replied to Ms Milano's tweet.

"The origin story is equal parts heartbreaking and inspiring", Milano tweeted.

"It's a way of speaking up for yourself, even if it's in that small way", Jay said.

And I'd be willing to bet it took much longer than 98 seconds for another boy to find his keys after he had tried to "convince" me to get into his vehicle. "For years I couldn't figure out what that would be for me and then "Me too" became that thing". The EEOC said about 17 percent of men have reported sexual harassment in the workplace - another statistic it believes is under reported.

Being harassed while walking on the street and/or groped during a social gathering is unfortunately more common than all of us would like to think it is.

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