Introduction: Setting the Scene

  • Olivia Smith


In 2006, social activist Tarana Burke created #MeToo in order to raise awareness of sexual abuse amongst minority ethnic women, after being unable to say those words to a teenager disclosing sexual assault. Over ten years later in October 2017, a series of allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein were suddenly taken seriously and led to revelations about several other high-profile men in entertainment and politics. What followed was an outpouring of women sharing their experiences, from everyday intrusions to rape and childhood sexual abuse, often under the Me Too hashtag. In a rise of conflicted and multiplicitous feelings, women created a sense of collective voice and the news headlines were filled with unprecedented recognition of the prevalence of sexual harassment, assault, and abuse.


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  • Olivia Smith
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  1. 1.Department of Humanities and Social SciencesAnglia Ruskin UniversityCambridgeUK

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