If we’ve learned anything as a society in the last seven months, it’s that it is never okay to touch, talk, or gesture to anyone in an inappropriate sexual manner. We can take it a step further and say you shouldn’t ever do any of those things to a complete stranger regardless of intention. Perpetrators of these actions will claim they were joking around. So do the bullies who shove kids into lockers and spread memes about their victims on social media.
The #MeToo movement brought sexual assault and harassment out of the shadows and into the light. We learned that it doesn’t matter how famous you are or if you’re a man or a woman, having an unsolicited sexual act committed against you is painful on many levels.
Brave women and men are standing up to sexual assault by sharing their stories that once may have brought them shame but now brings empowerment. The fall of major Hollywood players like Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, and Kevin Spacey proved that everyone will be held accountable for their transgressions, regardless of how long ago they occurred.
Sadly, some people haven’t figured it out yet. There are still stories emerging online of women being harassed at work by their male co-workers and men by their female bosses. Some people are so oblivious to their inappropriate behavior, they do it to a complete stranger on live TV.