My Twitter and Facebook timelines are exploding with stories of #MeToo. All because of the courage shown by a growing number of women and men who are speaking out about the harassment they faced.
Now I want the #MeToo movement to reach more survivors who are offline, through the powerful medium of radio.
Because I believe each one has a story, a story that society needs to hear!
That is why I have started this campaign asking 93.5 Red FM - which has lakhs of listeners - to lead the way and start the conversation on sexual harassment. #AbBajanaHai, please bajate raho!
Sign my petition asking 93.5 Red FM to broadcast a special segment dedicated to #MeToo in the evening primetime for a week, inviting listeners to share their stories.
I believe if people constantly hear about #MeToo we can collectively challenge the social mindset that makes many people treat sexual violence and harassment as normal.
Here are some of the irresponsible statements I’ve been overhearing in response to #MeToo stories in recent days. They make my blood boil!
“A woman looking like her was anyway asking for it”
“She was interested in the guy and when he stopped taking interest in her, she slapped the charges, typical @#$&#.”
“Surely she has an agenda. Why is he talking about this harassment now after keeping quiet for so long?”
These judgmental statements speak volumes and tell me exactly where the problem lies.
The trouble is with the prevailing social mindset. The way society thinks has to change. If we truly believe that we are a civilised society, it is time that we created an atmosphere for an inclusive, empathetic listening.
Survivors of sexual harassment don’t deserve to be shamed. They need our love, comfort and support.
It is time to stop judging those who say #MeToo by saying that they “asked for it” because of the way they walk, talk, dress, laugh and conduct themselves.
We don’t just need to talk about #MeToo. We also need to listen to every voice, and every story.
Sign my petition to 93.5 Red FM.
Let’s start the journey from #Metoo to #WeStandTogether.