You Too?: 25 Voices Share Their #MeToo Stories
When #MeToo went viral, Janet Gurtler was among the millions of people who began to reflect on her past experiences. Things she had reluctantly accepted—male classmates groping her at recess, harassment at work—came back to her in startling clarity. She needed teens to know what she had not: that no young person should be subject to sexual assault, or made to feel unsafe, less than or degraded.
You Too? was born out of that need. By turns thoughtful and explosive, these personal stories encompass a wide range of experiences and serve as a reminder to readers that they, too, have a voice worthy of being heard—and that only by listening and working together can we create change.
Some of the essays included in this book:
In PRETTY ENOUGH, author Beth Revis shares an experience where she was told by an older man she wasn't worth raping.
In THERE IS STRENGTH IN OUR VOICES, author Cheryl Rainfield shares her own horrific experience of being sexually abused by her family and extended family. She talks about the masks her abusers put on that made those around her not believe her.
In IT'S OUR SECRET, author Patty Blount's essay on how some families keep secrets really resonated big time with me and my own experiences growing up. Families 'knew' abuse was happening and spoke in whispers about it, but didn't do enough to stop it.
Some of the stories share how abusers thought that it was 'okay' to touch girls even when they said 'no'. Others go on about the whole, 'well-he-must-like-you' mentality if a boy teased you or even the 'boys-will-be-boys' mentality.
Raw, powerful collection of essays that tell readers that their voices matter. Only by sharing our own stories, people might stop this vicious cycle and believe those who do come forward and speak out.