After the #MeToo hashtag blew up on social media in October, it opened the floodgates on a taboo topic and provided a platform for hundreds of thousands of people to share their experiences of sexual harassment and assault.
The hashtag was born from the slew of sexual misconduct accusations leveled first at Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and then a number of other powerful men.
#MeToo was not without its problems, particularly for women of color. But there can be strength in numbers, and the sheer volume of voices around #MeToo created, even briefly, a movement against what many believe is a misogynistic culture that enables sexual misconduct to go unchecked.
The high-profile allegations rumble on, but the deluge of social sharing is now a trickle and many questions still remain. Did #MeToo ask too much of victims? Did their stories make a difference? And, crucially, will anything really change?
The Washington Post put a call-out for survivors in the Washington area who felt moved to share their thoughts on the #MeToo campaign. Diverse in both background and perspective, their experiences range from catcalling and groping to assault and rape.
No two victims had the same answer for what’s next, but together their voices tell a story of shared experiences, and shed some light on moving the conversation beyond #MeToo.