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This website is a space for sharing our individual and collective narratives of sexual misconduct in order to resist popular representations of women (and similarly sexualized people) as objects. Instead, our words will reclaim the power stolen, diminished, or marginalized by our perpetrators. No incident is too small and, in fact, sharing “smaller” transgressions of sexual manipulation of power helps greatly in illuminating the multiple interlocking systems of power that buttress rape culture.
#MeToo Frederick is a local, grassroots movement designed to bear witness to experiences of sexual misconduct, manipulation, and assault in our Frederick community. We aim to extend the conversations begun by Tarana Burke in 2006 and amplified through social media by brave people in the entertainment industry in Fall 2017. The founders of #MeTooFrederick strive to similarly demonstrate the prevalence of gendered violence at all levels within and among our Frederick neighbors. Our hope is that writing and speaking our personal stories will break the silence, illuminate trauma, and form powerful alliances to support personal and community healing.
#MeToo is an international movement of solidarity among people who have experienced sexual misconduct at all scales, ranging from catcalling to sexual harassment, gendered violence, sexual assault, and rape. The phrase “Me Too” aligns survivors across age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, and class to demonstrates the immense scope and impact of sexual misconduct across time, place, and embodiment.
Who are we? We are a continually gathering contingent of passionate community members who are joining forces to move this important #MeToo conversation into the forefront of our shared dialogue. We range in age, occupation, lifestyle and personal experience that allows our voices and actions to speak to our audience regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and personal history or interest in this topic.
We invite you to join our conversation and movement and this platform. For more information, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reframe and expand the topic of sexual violence to de-stigmatize conversation and bring about change in the Frederick community.
Break the silence, speak truth, minimize the stigma of sexual violence to achieve individual and community healing.