Why is the #MeToo Movement Important?
For a long time society has not addressed the issue of sexual harassment and assault. It was something left unspoken or seen as a private matter that was often left unacknowledged. The responsibility for the abuse was placed on the victim and not the perpetrator. Many survivors of harassment and assault have felt the need to remain silent and were left to deal with their feels of shame and guilt privately. Started ten years ago by Tarana Burke to address sexual assault in underserved communities of color, the #MeTooMovement has provided a platform for survivors to share their stories and know that they are not alone. It is a movement of empowerment to bring about social change.
The prevalence of sexual abuse in our society is staggering. According to two national studies, one in four girls and one in seven boys are sexually abused before the age of 18 and one in five women and one in sixteen men are sexually assaulted in college. The #MeTooMovement has helped stir a national conversation on the topic and has brought some healing to many survivors.
The Counseling Center at The Community House offers professional, confidential counseling services provided by licensed therapists. We are a resource for survivors who are in the process of healing as well as their allies who want to provide support. We can also educate parents on how to have conversations about sexual abuse in a manner that is appropriate for their children’s age and maturity level.
If you or someone you know needs help, please contact The Community House Counseling Center intake line at (630) 323-7500 ext. 232 for more information.