#MeToo rally in New York City seeks to change the tide of how sexual abuse victims are treated in America
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New York, NY – The #MeToo rally took place outside the Trump International Hotel at Columbus Circle on December 9, 2017; the #MeToo movement ignited after sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein surfaced and opened the floodgate not only for women, but also men who have been victimized by predatory behavior and sexual misconduct, to tell their stories.
A simple hashtag – #metoo – spoke for millions who were sexually abused and opened the floodgates for us to speak out, be seen, and support each other. Silenced no longer, abuse victims rise to give voice to their experiences and to change the tide of how sexual abuse victims are treated in America, taking a stand and be counted together to put an end to smearing anyone who dares to speak out, an end to questioning why wait so long after bodies, hearts, souls and psyches first suffered.
With more women coming forward everyday and Time Magazine recognizing the Silence Breakers as Person of the Year, women took to the streets to raise their voices in solidarity.
Sonia Ossorio, President, National Organization for Women – New York organized a visual representation of #MeToo on a wall at the Columbus Circle subway station. Survivors and allies were encouraged to post their own #MeToo stories and messages of support and solidarity.
The #MeToo rally was named after the hashtag that became a rallying cry after actress Alyssa Milano urged women to use it to speak up to show how common sexual harassment and assault are. However, the movement really began a decade ago, when activist Tarana Burke first created the “Me Too” campaign to reach women of color who were victims of sexual assault.
“Silenced no longer, we rise to give voice to our experience and to change the tide of how sexual abuse victims are treated in America,” organizers wrote on the rally’s Facebook. “Let us stand and be counted together to put an end to smearing anyone who dares to speak out, an end to questioning why we wait so long after our bodies, hearts, souls and psyches first suffered.”
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