Rochester Women Say ‘Me Too’
The statistics are sad. According to the Huffington Post, "[...] one in three women between the ages of 18-34 has been sexually harassed at work."
Within the last year, the EEOC reports that they've received 12,860 sexual harassment based claims. Based on previous yearly reports, this number is expected to be greater in 2017.
In case you missed it, thousands of women are posting "me too" as their status on Facebook, or using #metoo on Twitter to signal that this problem is growing. These women are admitting that they are victims of sexual harassment or violence. The hope is that the numerous posts will raise awareness and inspire more to come forward.
Alyssa Milano was courageous enough to get the online movement rolling.
Many women decided to take her idea a step further, and detail their experience.
As I was browsing my Facebook newsfeed, I noticed that many Rochester women were sharing this post and hashtag as well - including me. It breaks my heart to see so many women affected by this.
I was a teenager when it happened to me. In fact, it happened as a freshman in high school. No one knew because I didn't say a word. To be honest, I don't even remember his name. It was the end of the day. We were waiting for the bus to take us home. He grabbed my butt and held me in a hug that lasted too long. We weren't dating. I broke away and laughed it off because I didn't know what else to do. Thankfully, nothing worse happened. Maybe it's because there were so many other students around? It sounds silly - but it's not. No person should ever feel like it's okay to touch someone without their consent.
He probably won't ever see this. I don't even know where he is now, but I won't forget how shocking it was.
To every Rochester woman (and every woman, for that matter) sharing their "me too" moment. I'm sorry. I'm with you. We're not alone.