Me, Too and the Movement Toward Empowerment
This is not a political article whatsoever, so release that expectation. I am just noticing how the Me, Too movement has caused contrast in our society, which has then sparked a tremendous growth in personal empowerment. How, you may ask? Well, we are now seeing a society of former “victims” who are becoming courageous enough to stand up and speak their truth, even of abuse, harassment and bullying from the past.
The influx of many women (and men also) coming forward to report sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and workplace bullying has increased. One woman standing up and revealing inappropriate treatment has led to many others gaining the strength to also speak out. Long-buried secrets are coming to light, allowing survivors to begin the healing process. This has also made evident that those who are in the abuser/bully position are now going to be held accountable for their words and actions.
We have long lived in a society where the “good ole boy” behaviors were scoffed at and only perfunctorily admonished. However, now everyone is being called to account, as integrity matters, at home, in school, in the workplace. People in power, who regularly harassed, abused, or bullied “underlings” are being called to task. We are now not willing to let things slide, to ignore or keep quiet about inappropriate behaviors.
As people step forward and secrets are revealed, the opportunity for healing grows exponentially. We are now seeing more survivors, who were formerly afraid to speak up, for fear of retaliation (increased bullying, loss of job, income, status, loss of reputation, etc.) now stepping up and telling their stories, revealing the tales of abuse, of harassment, of continued and ongoing bullying. Now the voices are growing, and with that, society cannot ignore the travesty of the bad treatment. All people deserve respect, and it is now becoming abundantly clear that far too many times, eyes were turned the other way, ears closed to complaints, but now the roar of the crowd is too much to ignore.
Contrast provides opportunity for growth, and this latest flag waving of Me, Too has opened up many eyes to see that the masses are no longer ignoring the behaviors. If you are not in integrity, you will be called out. Secrets will no longer be kept, victims are taking back their power, standing up and sharing that “secret on their heart”, thus allowing the healing to begin.Tags: #Me Too, healing through #Me Too Movement, personal empowerment in #Me Too
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner
Licensed Professional Counselor
Advanced Clinical HypnoTherapist
- Deb England began working part-time for Wholeness Healing Center in September 2004 and began full-time in May 2005. Deb practices primarily in the Broken Bow office and one day a week in the Grand Island office. Previously she had completed her practicum and internship at Morning Star Alliance, working in the Broken Bow and Grand Island offices.
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