#MeToo sparks conversation about sexual harassment in Columbia

4 months 5 days 21 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 5:52:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
By: Monica Harkins, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - #MeToo started as a tweet and turned into an international discussion on sexual harassment.

Columbia resident Macy Young says, since the social media campaign began, she’s talked with a lot of people about the topic.

“It’s a double-edged sword,” she said. “It’s tragic to hear all these stories, but it’s exciting to get the conversation going.”

Young said she hopes it will be a learning experience for people who haven’t been personally affected.

“Little girls should know the world we live in,” said Young.

A tweet by actress Alyssa Milano started a viral avalanche Sunday, getting more than 68 thousand comments.

#MeToo quickly spread across all social platforms.

Some women are saying the movement has given them a powerful voice.

Milano's tweet wasn't the first time "Me Too" was used in connection to sexual harassment.

Tarana Burke started an official movement using the same ‘Me Too’ phrase in connection with her organization Just Be Inc. about 10 years ago.

Columbia counselor Ric Doubet said the social media campaign is giving voices to people who might not have shared their story because of societal pressures.

“There’s a lot of shame and guilt that comes with it,” Doubet said. “It’s a sense of responsibility for the incident, it’s part of what keeps them from coming forward.”

Doubet said society as a whole needs to recognize behaviors that can lead to harassment, especially men.

“There’s a lot at stake here and us men need to take a stand,” Doubet said. “Enough is enough."

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