#MeToo and the do-gooders
Let’s show the extent of sexual assault and harassment among people “doing good” around the world.
‘Me too’ is about using the power of empathy to stomp out shame. ~Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement*
#MeToo applies also to women (and to a vastly lesser extent, men) who are trying to change the world. So let’s use this #MeToo moment is time to reveal the insidiousness of cover-ups, the distrust created, the trivialization whenever survivors speak out in our sector. Our experiences are part of a systemic problem — perhaps one we even want to address in our work — that is, a global pandemic of predatory behavior and gender inequality.
The creators of the blog Women in Aid have graciously offered their online space to write and share our stories — to demonstrate just how widespread the experience of sexual abuse is in our sector, and to create the opportunity for us to have the experience of #MeToo.
I’m inviting all of us — who are able and willing — to share our survivor stories here.
*To learn more about the origins and the work of the #MeToo movement, click here.