Local experts weigh in on "Me too" campaign

Published: Oct. 16, 2017 at 10:12 PM CDT
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Me too.

You might have seen it on your Twitter or Facebook feed.

It's a social media movement started by actress Alyssa Milano.

She's asked women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted to write "Me too" on social media, to show people how many women are affected.

The Rape Crisis Center in Madison says this hashtag is giving people a platform and a voice.

They say it's providing a space for people, but also opening the door for others to see how the problem is bigger than most would expect. The Rape Crisis Center says anything that can raise awareness about sexual assault and sexual harassment is a good thing and hopefully, will prompt change.

"Women have conditioned ourselves to dodge, duck and weave through our lives to avoid being sexual violated by men. That doesn't mean the issue doesn't exist, it just means we have gotten really good at learning how to live with it. And we shouldn't do that," says Erin Thornley Parisi, the Executive Director of the Rape Crisis Center.

But another expert says, it poses danger to creating a barrier between men and women.

"Giving voice to a problem is awesome. What we don't want to do is when we got something men versus women," says Christine Whelan, an expert in gender studies at UW-Madison.

She added she believes true change in this epidemic will take generations to fix.

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