My BF decided he wanted my virginity for his 18th birthday: When rape stories take the form of a movement

First Published 16, Oct 2017, 3:50 PM IST
When the ME in the MeToo is not alone When rape stories take the form of a movement
  • The #MeToo campaign was started by Hollywood actress Alyssa Milano.
  • She started getting messages from women from across the world, including celebrities, who shared their stories on Twitter.
  • She started the campaign to speak out against film producer Harvey Weinstein and his decades of sexual predation.

Rape and sexual assault are not a thing of the past. They are very much in the present, happening every minute across the world. As horrifying stories emerge on social media, we think, it has become a common thing. Call it acceptance by choice, but we forget that acceptance has no space for revolt and if there is no revolt, there is no change.

So, here are some stories from #MeToo, which will open your eyes to the world and give you an assurance that it is ok to speak up, but not ok to suffer in silence. 

Read their stories and connect the dots. Is there any semblance to what you may have faced some day, at some point in a bus, in the metro? These stories, unlocked in agony, are the stories not just of women, but of men and transgenders who too suffer in silence. It is considered even more shameful for them. It would, perhaps, take some more time to realise that there is no shame, if we are not ashamed. It's never the victim's fault afterall. 

The campaign was started on Twitter by Hollywood actress Alyssa Milano. Given the overwhelming response she received from people across the world, she said, "While I am sickened and angered over the disturbing accusations of Weinstein's sexual predation and abuse of power, I'm happy - ecstatic even - that it has opened up a dialogue around the continued sexual harassment, objectification and degradation of women."