2018 has been an extremely important year for change in general. It seems that we’ve finally given up being quiet, and started to realize the importance our voices can make when they are heard.
One such movement we’ve seen expand over 2018 is the #MeToo movement. Officially started in November of 2017 by the spread of the hashtag #metoo, the movement has taken off as millions of men and women have taken solace in seeing that they’re not alone.
As the movement has taken off, there’s become less tolerance for sexual harassment. The movement has also caused a rift in two of the most notorious scenes- Hollywood and Politics. No longer are victims holding on- they’re letting their voices be heard, and make a change.
Starting off 2018 right, January was a very busy month for activists lobbying against sexual harassment. On January 6th, 2018, the 2018 Golden Globes were held. On the red carpet, actresses and actors alike could be seen wearing all-black outfits and donning Time’s Up pins, to show they would no longer tolerate the abuse of power in Hollywood, and the workplace at large.
Not long after, on January 20th, 2018, the second annual Women’s March was held. People all across the US- and the world!- flooded the streets to march against sexual harassment, along with other issues that stand in the way of equality between sexes.
In March, the Me Too movement hit the Oscars. On the 4th, the 2018 Oscars took place, and the opportunity to address the changes taking place in Hollywood was not passed up. In a segment featuring Ashley Judd, Salma Hayek, and Annabella Sciorra, three of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers, the changes they would like to have seen to Hollywood were addressed, as well as the issue being brought up in multiple acceptance speeches.
While things lulled for a while when it came to widespread action, by no means did the accusations stop- 56 sexual assault related headlines came out between March and June of 2018.
In June of 2018, we got to see a different side of the Me Too movement. On June 26th, 2018, Terry Crews delivered a heartbreaking testimony to the Senate committee. In his testimony, Crews addressed toxic masculinity and the power imbalance in Hollywood. He delivered his testimony to advocate for the Survivors Bill of Rights, which would support survivors across the country during their endeavors for justice against Sexual Assault.
In September of 2018, Dr. Christine Ford was revealed to be the first woman to accuse Supreme Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. This lead to a long road for Dr. Ford, which included death threats for her and the ultimate induction into the Supreme Court for him.
Overall, 2018 has proven to be a year of change when it comes to the way accusers and the accused alike are treated when it comes to sexual assault. As victims continue to come forward and share their stories, tolerance both in and out of the workplace for those accused of sexual assault is lowering. Hopefully, we continue in this direction as we head into 2019.