Yes, #MeToo… but now what?

#MeToo, and you, and pretty much everyone, whether you’re a boy or a girl, it does not make a difference.

It doesn’t matter if you were physically assaulted or verbally, but what matters is that we have all been violated at some point.

The idea behind the “#MeToo” campaign is to highlight the intensity of the problem by revealing that everyone has been a victim of sexual harassment.

The point has been made but now what?

I did not post a status update saying “#MeToo” on any social media platform because I felt that it served no purpose to me.

It’s absurd to think that we didn’t already know that this happens to everyone. How ignorant can we be?

And now that the whole world knows that I too suffered, I would like to ask everyone now what? Now what do we do?

My harassers probably will never come across these posts. They’ll never feel ashamed as I did. They probably don’t even remember my face even though I remember their faces.

I want someone to finally tell me how to deal with sexual harassment. I’m afraid that I will not be able to protect my children from this sickness. The first time I was assaulted was when I was 3 years old and I felt helpless then but what amazes me is that I still feel helpless now and this campaign and these stories are a constant reminder.

We proved something that we already knew. We all shared our tragic stories. But how can we ensure it from not happening again and again?

Victims must not be blamed for inciting the perpetrators, but as a society it is our responsibility to ensure that we make the environment safe for everyone.

Since it’s a problem we all face, then it’s only reasonable that all of us must find a solution together as well.

It’s about time that we start talking about how to solve the problem rather than going around in circles and dwelling in misery by repeating these stories.

We need to start publicly shaming these vile creatures and make them understand that it’s not okay to violate another human being.

Talking about the problem is a positive step but a pragmatic approach must be adapted.

Pakistani citizens are brimming with confusion as they keep swaying back and forth from medieval traditional values to a progressive ideology.

If social media is any indication, it can be observed that our nation is full of individuals who can’t seem to understand the whole problem with harassment.

On one side, the “#MeToo” campaign is aiming to give a voice to victims of sexual harassment, but on the other there are people criticising Malala Yousufzai for adorning a slightly westernized attire.

But the most baffling case is of the reckless actions taken by our lawmakers, who recently dismissed an amendment in the Child Marriage Restraint Bill calling for an increase in the minimum age for marriage from 16 to 18 years.

There is no hope for a country that fails to protect its women and children, but we should still try.

The only possibility for a safe future is if we raise the next generation to not just speak out against sexual harassment but also learn to defend themselves.

Harassment of any sort must not be tolerated and we must encourage each other to never undermine the situation.

The next generation should be raised with the understanding of personal space and consent.

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  1. Zk says

    Our sons and daughters should be raised to be aware of their personal space and to speak up when someone violates it. There should also be mandatory self defence classes in every school. And not just at school. The media should use its power to teach consent and personal space. There is a lot that can be done. It’s just about doing it at a large scale. And it begins at home. It begins with you and it begins with me.

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