Survivors across the world are sharing their experiences of sexual violence, assault and harassment on social media platforms using #MeToo #UsToo. This is trending on Twitter and being shared on Facebook after last week’s report of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual predation blown out a dialogue on sexual assault in Hollywood. On 15 October 2017, actress Alyssa Milano encouraged survivors of sexual violence to copy and paste the status below to highlight how prevalent sexual violence against women is in the world.
The only way for us to overcome the prevalence of sexual violence and other related violence is to involve survivors in research and innovative intervention programmes while taking care of ourselves. The conversations that emerge through the social media campaigns: #MeToo, #YesAllWomen, #NothingForUsWithoutUs #beenrapedneverreported, #NotOkay, and more, may place an emotional burden on survivors and others who engage in it. It is therefore, important for us to take care of ourselves during this overwhelming wave of sexual violence in the media. Below is a list of resources on taking care of ourselves: