What is the #MeToo Movement? What Can We Do About it?
In 1996, Tarana Burke, experienced a young girl disclosing to her an abusive situation while she was a camp counselor but felt unable to help at the time because it resurfaced her own past abuse. She later realized that she needed to create a sense of empathy and empower other people to speak up about their abuse and struggle. According to Burke, her intention was to help young women of color who had survived sexual abuse, assault, and exploitation.
In the weeks since the movement went viral nationwide, many have asked the burning question: What can I do to help?
CNN recently published an article written in response to “good, decent men” asking the same question. The CNN article provides many tips, calls awareness to the issue, and helps people– regardless of their gender– think more thoroughly about how we can address the issue.
Among the many ways discussed in the CNN article, an important tip highlighted was to always seek enthusiastic consent during sex. Regardless of a person’s gender, either partner should understand the importance of consent, respect, and responsibility when it comes to relationships and sex. Healthy Futures of Texas empowers youth to make healthier decisions about sex and encourages setting, defending, and respecting limits.
If each of us can learn and empower ourselves with knowledge about consent, we can help our society and prevent one more person from becoming a victim of sexual assault or abuse.
Learn how to talk consent with young adults by checking out this Parent Toolkit!
One less #MeToo.