People are still being accused of sexual harassment, bullying and more, but there’s also a new hashtag for it: #MeThatsOver.
The hashtag has emerged as a rallying cry for many women and girls who say they were sexually harassed and assaulted in the workplace, and now they’re using it to call for accountability and justice for the people who committed the offenses.
The hashtag began as a response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal, but now it has taken on a life of its own.
We know that #MeAsYou is a movement, and we’re still seeing it evolve.
But we know that the truth about sexual harassment and assault is still being uncovered.
It is important for us to support #MeForVictims, so that women who have been assaulted and victims of sexual violence can share the same knowledge, support, and courage to share their stories, so they can become empowered to fight for the truth, justice, and safety of all of us.
#MeToward #MeOut is also being used by people who have experienced sexual assault and/or harassment.
And some people are calling for a boycott of companies that don’t make products with the hashtag on them.
So what are we learning from this moment?
The #me-for-victims movement is just beginning.
It’s not an entirely new phenomenon.
In 2015, we heard that there were millions of #MeforVictims who had been sexually harassed in workplaces around the world, and that they were calling for the government to act on the issue.
The response from the media was overwhelmingly positive.
We heard that #NotAllWomen was a way to support survivors of sexual assault, and #MeAgainstVictims was an idea for a hashtag to show support for victims of gender-based violence.
But this movement isn’t new.
As the #MeOne movement was born, the term #MeOver was coined to express how many women felt they had been violated by their employers, by their partners, by friends, and in the general public.
In 2017, #MeNotAllMe was a hashtag created by a group of women who were all sexually assaulted, and it’s now used to call on the government and industry to address these issues.
It has even inspired a #MeNoMore movement, which aims to end the use of #me on products and services that do not support women’s equality and agency.
And now, the #me movement is expanding to include a new type of victim: the #YouThatsThe problem.
We’ve seen a growing number of stories of #You for You harassment and abuse in recent weeks, and the #WeAreMe campaign, which calls on people to come forward to help others who’ve experienced harassment, has also raised awareness about the problem.
In a series of tweets this week, one woman shared the story of how she was assaulted by her ex-boyfriend, who was the subject of multiple harassment and threats.
Another woman shared a story about how her ex, a manager at her company, told her she was a liar.
A third woman shared her story of a sexual assault that occurred at a coworking space she co-founded.
And there’s a #YouForMe movement, with hundreds of thousands of people signing on to #WeHaveFeministWants, which encourages people to share stories about their experiences and demand accountability.
I think it’s important to remember that #YouToeIsThePosterChild of #WeNeedFeminism, and as a result, it’s going to take some time to see #Me for Victims go mainstream.
But for now, we’re seeing a new #Me hashtag emerge that has people calling for accountability, justice and respect for all survivors of gender violence, and for all people who experience sexual assault or harassment.
As a society, we’ve been slow to catch up.
We still do a lot of silencing and blaming when it comes to these types of incidents.
And while we know there are ways to improve, it can take time to create systemic change.
It can be difficult to change a culture of sexual predators.
But when we are able to share our stories with the world in an honest, straightforward way, we are creating an opportunity for change, and a hope that this is an issue that will never be forgotten.
We are not the only ones struggling to understand how #Me is affecting the world.
Meghan Markle and Anne Hathaway, two women of color, were the first to join the #YesAllWomen campaign in 2016.
The #YesMe campaign has now been joined by more than 1,400 women and men from diverse backgrounds, and I can’t wait to see what other people are saying.
For more about #Me, watch this Fortune video from March 2017 about how #YesForVictories is helping women who’ve been sexually assaulted.