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Will #MeToo bring an end to sexual assault?

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A woman holds up a sign with the hashtag, "MeToo." This phrase has gained in popularity, drawing attention nationwide to the issue of sexual harassment and sexual assault.

A woman holds up a sign with the hashtag, "MeToo." This phrase has gained in popularity, drawing attention nationwide to the issue of sexual harassment and sexual assault.

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In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, social media erupted with stories of sexual assault and violence across the globe. All the stories are linked together with the hashtag, #MeToo.

“This hashtag has finally brought awareness to sexual assault, not only in America, but across the globe,” senior Emma Acree said. “It’s amazing to see so many people coming together to support one another, even if it’s not in person.”

According to Twitter, over 1.7 million people, both men and women, used the hashtag in 85 different countries.

In Italy, women rallied behind #QuellaVoltaChe, which means “That time when.” In France, the #metoo’s counterpart is #BalanceTonPorc which roughly translates to “snitch out your pig.”

Through the internet, victims of sexual assault have gained a platform to speak out, to let the public know what has happened to each and every one of them.

“Sexual assault is such a prominent problem that way too many people face every day,” junior Uma Franceschini said. “I’m really glad this issue is finally getting the attention it deserves.”

#MeToo is allowing the masses to truly see the sheer volume of people affected by sexual assault. The hashtag started around two weeks ago and has sparked #IWillSpeakUp. This hashtag is aimed more at the men who commit the acts of sexual assault.

It was started by A Call to Men, a violence prevention and male socialization group in hopes of decreasing the amount of people who view women as objects or property. The hashtag promotes taking a pledge to have better behavior towards women.

However, social media is littered with causes and social movements just like this one. So, the question is will this one stick? Will it work this go-round? Will sexual assault really stop?

One can only hope for an end to sexual assault and the #MeToo campaign may just be the beginning of a very large social movement.

“Sexual [assault] affects so many people and I’m really happy that this movement is allowing people to speak out and raise awareness about an issue that hasn’t been addressed enough in the past,” junior Lauren Howard said.

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Will #MeToo bring an end to sexual assault?