I couldn’t take it anymore. Reading all the #metoo as I scroll through Facebook, I was surprised that so many of my friends actually have experienced sexual harassment or assault in some way. I was even, for a moment, thankful that I’ve never experienced such instances before, until I realized I HAVE. When I took time to think about it seriously, I realized that frightful truth:
It had happened to me more than once!
The fact that the offenders are still on my Facebook shows how afraid I am to face it or even do something as simple as deleting them. Now that I’m confronted with this issue, I have decided to speak up and act by deleting them. #metoo
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017
Last week, Rose McGowan, co-star with Alyssa Milano in Charmed, came forward accusing Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of rape. In the wake of the Weinstein scandal, Milano posted a tweet, calling followers to reply “me too” if they have been sexually harassed or assaulted.
What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault can include:
- Any penetration without consent (e.g. vaginal, oral or anal), using any part of the body (penis, fingers) or object.
- Any unwanted sexual touching, stroking, kissing, groping, etc.
- Unwanted sexual requests, messages or gestures, including electronically, in the workplace or elsewhere.
- Being made to view pornography against your will.
- Unwanted taking and/or sharing of nude or intimate photographs or videos, e.g. upskirting.
Though it’s weird to say this, I urge all ladies to take some time to think about your life. If you have experienced even the slightest form of sexual harassment or assault, I urge you not to be afraid anymore and even if it’s painful, simply put a #metoo on your Facebook, Twitter, whatever. Let’s fight this together!
If you or someone you know needs help, Sexual Assault Care Centre (SACC) in Singapore provides safe, free, and confidential services to people who faced sexual harassment and assault. They also have a number you can WhatsApp to, should you feel uncomfortable talking in person or over a voice call.
Sexual Assault Care Centre (SACC)
WhatsApp: 9781 4101
Monday – Friday, 10am till 7pm
Helpline: 6779 0282
Monday – Friday, 10am till midnight
Joette is proud to be a jack of all trades but not so excited about being the master of none. She believes in creating opportunities and making things happen as the idea strikes, rather than waiting forever. She started this website to share her experiences and help others find answers to common struggles of living in a fast-paced world where we hold responsibility for our decisions.