In a talk with Sunny Hostin on The View, #MeToo founder Tarana Burke said, “‘Me too’ is an exchange between two survivors. Who else would you say that to? It’s either a declaration that you’re standing up and saying that this thing happened to me or it’s an exchange between two survivors that say ‘yea I see you, I hear you and I believe you.'”
As #MeToo carried over into 2018, many big names have been accused of sexual abuse or inappropriate sexual behavior. Survivors and victims — some well known and some everyday people — have spoken up about their experience after suffering in silence.
Certainly, more conversations should be had in the future about sexual assault and how to hold abusers accountable. But until then, the message shouldn’t be lost that #MeToo is about the victims and survivors first. In 2018, more people around the world felt comfortable to say, whisper or think “me too.”
Many people who’ve caused sexual harm in the past were left to confront their vices in 2018.
However, other big names have denied the accusations against them or remained silent, resulting in a mixture of major backlash, court cases, and public debates. Some of the alleged abusers continue to walk free, while others, like Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein, face prison time or are under the watchful eye of the law.
Regardless of the details of each individual case, one thing is for certain. Sexual abusers were no longer safe in a way that they might have been before, and regardless of their fate, more conversations are being had on how sexual abuse should always take an L.