One year ago, the world changed forever.
This past Sunday, hundreds of groups, including the Coalition on Human Needs, signed a letter that appeared as a full-page ad in The New York Times marking the one-year anniversary of #MeToo.
The letter begins:
“For the first time in history, the ground shook with the mass disclosures of millions of individuals who revealed the sexual violence perpetrated against them by family members, bosses, co-workers, classmates, coaches, priests, strangers and others.
“Empowered by visionary Tarana Burke’s ‘me too.’ Movement and responding to Alyssa Milano’s #MeToo call on social media, millions of survivors around the globe boldly shared their truths. We collectively mobilized to seek justice, care, and support for survivors, and began to articulate our dreams of a safer future for everyone.
“This powerful support and storytelling have begun to change the way that survivors are heard and believed. It has created space for a once taboo issue to become one of the most widely discussed topics of all time.”
The groups are calling on national, state, and local officials to address sexual violence in its many forms, from child sexual abuse, to violence and other forms of sexual harassment at work, in schools, homes and in communities. They are calling on the philanthropic community to invest in people and organizations that are addressing sexual violence and other forms of sexual harassment, and they are calling upon all of us to support efforts to end sexual violence worldwide.
Among the primary sponsors of the ad were several CHN members: the National Women’s Law Center, the National Partnership for Women & Families, and the Center for American Progress (many other CHN members also signed on to the letter. You can read the letter in its entirety and see the signers here.)
The ad was supported by a social media campaign with the hashtags #MeToo and #DearWorld.