Abcarian: On the fifth anniversary of the #MeToo movement, the reckoning continues over the decades of sexual abuse and harassment. These women have made an immeasurable impact on our culture and our world. But, there is something more important than those decades-old injustices in our society. These women, these survivors, made a difference in our souls. The five-year anniversary of the #MeToo movement has become a reminder that we need to live out a #NotNow moment. In times of great need, we should act on the values we hold dear. We must be the change we wish to see in the world. #NotNow.
This is a very serious moment in history.
We have been here before.
In the 1800s, the nation was gripped by an epidemic of violent death. In New York State alone, 25,000 individuals were beaten to death each year.
The number of people who died as the result of murder was estimated to be 250,000 per year. A total of 25,000 had been killed, and the number of people who were killed by their peers was estimated to be 200,000 per year.
The following are the facts of life:
We have now reached the 5th year of #MeToo. There have been 15,365 sexual assault and harassment victims and, there are now 20,000 women in the #MeToo movement.
While we recognize all survivors, each of us are unique to the point that we need to look at ourselves and understand what made us different from the other survivors.
The #MeToo movement has also become a national conversation. We need to pay attention to the other #MeToo stories we have never seen before.
From our generation to the next, we need to find a way to learn from the past and learn from our parents, grandmothers, uncles, aunts and sisters, what is making us different from them.
When we look at the 5th-year anniversary in the face, we see the power of #MeToo. With these women, we now have the power to hold our elders accountable for the mistakes they made with our mothers. We have reached the point where #MeToo is all we have for our elders, and it’s time to use it to get