I have heard a lot of people say that they are frustrated and angry with the way the media covered #MeOut, and the media has chosen to focus only on the stories of women who came forward, not those who were victims.
However, I am here to tell you that it is not a media bias, it is an effort to silence all women, regardless of gender, because of a toxic culture of sexual assault and harassment.
A toxic culture in which women are expected to silence themselves and lie about their experiences of sexual abuse in order to avoid being found out and shamed.
When I read stories about the abuse and harassment women have suffered, I find myself thinking, What is it about this culture that I have been taught is wrong?
Is it that men are more likely to engage in rape and assault?
Or are we not doing enough to educate and stop this culture of violence and abuse?
There are so many things that I need to do to help eradicate this toxic culture that has infected our society and I am doing what I can to do it.
But it is a long, hard slog to get there.
In order to get this message out there, I need your help.
I need you to help me get my message out, so that we can get the message out.
It is a daunting task, and it is my hope that you will join me.
I am a mother of four and have a 4-year-old daughter who is being treated for a mental health condition that has led to her being hospitalized, and I also have a son and two step-children.
The trauma of my child’s treatment has forced me to live a very difficult life.
I have tried to hide the pain and the trauma of the experience, but I cannot do it anymore.
The media’s coverage of #MeNotToxic, the hashtag I am using to raise awareness about the toxic culture, is so focused on the story of the woman who is now the subject of an investigation, that I am afraid to even discuss the issues of sexual violence that are still being discussed in the media.
When you read the stories about women who have come forward, you are being told that sexual assault is an epidemic that needs to be solved.
And that is why I am calling on you to get involved and join me in getting this message of #meNotToxicity out there to the general public.
The #MeWeAre campaign is designed to raise a hashtag that will help people understand the culture of #toxic and stop the toxic silence that has taken hold in the culture that surrounds sexual assault.
This hashtag is #MeToStopTheSilence.
We are calling on the media to stop focusing on the issues, and focus on the person being accused of rape, the perpetrator, the accused.
#MeTogether #MeThreatensThesilence is a collective of women and men who want to stop the silencing of survivors, and #MeProtectTheSilent is a hashtag for women and girls who want their voices heard.
If you are one of these women and/or girls, join me at the #meTogether protest on Tuesday, March 8th, from 11:00am-12:00pm at the University of California at Davis.
It will be hosted by the UC Davis Student Senate, and we want you to be part of it.
We will have a video message and questions for you to ask us, as well as a hashtag to use in our campaign.
We hope you will be there to make a difference and support the #WeAre movement to end sexual assault in our society.
You can learn more about the #TheMeToo campaign at the UC Berkeley campus, and follow the hashtag on Twitter @UCBerkeley and Instagram @UC Berkeley.
This article was originally published on March 7, 2018.