MeToo Movement In 2020
Though the MeToo movement was originally founded by Tarana Burke back in 2006, the popularization of the #MeToo hashtag in 2017 is what most people remember as the beginning of the heightened awareness around the pervasiveness of sexual abuse in society. Now, three years later, the movement has stretched across the globe with the hashtag regularly trending in more than 85 nations. In addition, there have been numerous documentaries released detailing the accounts of women who have fallen victim to sexual abuse by major names in the music industry, film industry, and political circles. Women all over the world who have experienced abuse, harassment, and discrimination are now banning together and speaking up about the injustices they have faced in order to create a more equal, safer environment for themselves and generations to come. Here’s everything you need to know about the value and current state of the MeToo movement in 2020.
With all this said, telling your own story can be scary. Will it cause more harm than good? Will people listen, understand, and support you? Or, maybe more importantly, will you receive any sort of tangible justice for the pain you have endured?
Are women of color equally represented in the MeToo movement?
Tarana Burke, the black female activist who founded the MeToo movement, believes the untold stories of minority women are largely what is missing from the current movement. Most of the focus has been upon powerful men and the white female celebrities who have accused them, yet, there are many minority women that have experienced sexual violence. They feel their pain is not prioritized in the same way. In order for the movement to truly insight real change, it must be broadened to support all women bravely telling their stories. This is a systemic issue and until we tackle the issue more broadly, not just amongst A-list celebrities and politicians, we will not be able to reform society and protect people from experiencing horrific acts of sexual abuse and discrimination.
Why is it important to speak up and hold others accountable?
Studies show the sexual recidivism rates of sexual offenders averages around 24 percent after 15 years. This means 24% of charged sexual offenders will reoffend, with another sexual crime, within 15 years. While this number may seem lower than expected, we must remember these studies are based only on convicted sexual predators. If not held accountable, a person could continue to harass others with little to no consequences. By speaking up against your abuser you may be protecting countless others from enduring the same harm, while also forcing the abuser to face their wrongdoings head on. It is extremely important to hold abusers accountable and not let their wrongful actions slide in order to work towards reforming society. We must show we will no longer stand, nor turn a blind eye, to the sexual abuse and discrimination immanent in our culture.
How do we effectively enforce accountability?
Matters of the law can often result in a tolling process, as it is often slow moving and requires considerable perseverance. It is helpful to have an attorney who specializes in matters of discrimination to support, defend, and aid you in navigating the legal world. Furthermore, having your voice and story heard is the first step in receiving justice. David Kaplan, a North Jersey Lawyer, is here to listen and prepared to fight for the justice you deserve. Throughout his 30 year legal career he has helped numerous clients form lawsuits against acts of discrimination, proving his drive to hold others accountable for their actions. In the past three years alone, he has won over $12 million in verdicts and settlements for his clients. He is dedicated to fighting for a more equal society, for all humans, and believes in uplifting the voices of those that have been mistreated, oppressed, and/or abused. Visit dkaplanlaw.com or check out his Instagram to receive a free case evaluation today.