#MeToo: What Changes Has the Movement Made?

January 12, 2019

by M&S Staff

sexual harassmentAcross the country, brave women and men are stepping up to lend their voices to the “MeToo” movement. Founded by Black civil rights activist Tarana Burke in 2006, the “MeToo” movement began to spread virally in October 2017. Let’s consider how the “MeToo” movement has changed things forever.

Survivors and Victims Are No Longer Nameless, Faceless or Voiceless

Historically, many people endured sexual harassment alone. Sexual harassment is an abuse of power, which makes it even more problematic for women of color who face systemic racism and sexism. The power structures and societal systems that support sexual harassment traditionally keeps victims silent. The “MeToo” movement has helped changed that. The stories from the “MeToo” movement resonate with so many people, and many people, especially women, have similar stories to tell. The movement reminds us that we are not alone.

The Beginning of a Cultural Shift

The “MeToo” movement encourages us to examine power structures, especially in the workplace, and to reevaluate how our actions and behaviors affect others. The culture is beginning to shift. People are challenging business as usual. Men are engaging in professional development seminars on how to be an ally and working toward being part of the solution.

People Can Reach Out for Help Easier

More survivors of sexual harassment are exploring their legal rights. Federal and state laws prohibit sexual harassment. No matter where you live, seeking professional help from harassment attorneys in Washington DC at Mehri & Skalet can help you understand your options. We have a nationwide practice. Mehri & Skalet attorney Ellen Eardley is a member of the National Women’s Law Center’s Legal Network for Gender Equity, which is affiliated with Time’s Up.

You are not alone. You can get help from sexual harassment attorneys in Washington DC who represent workers throughout the country. Call Mehri & Skalet if you want to explore your legal options.