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Four Years Later, How #MeToo Has Changed Us


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In October 2017, in the wake of human turd Harvey Weinstein being exposed for the predator that he is, actress Alyssa Milano took to twitter and asked women who had also been sexually assaulted to respond with “Me Too.”


It soon went viral and the world finally understood what Tarana Burke (pictured above centered in the denim jacket), who founded the Me Too organization in 2006, had been saying for nearly a decade: the world has a sexual violence problem.


Now, a new AP-NORC poll shows how the #MeToo movement has changed us.


Progress?


According to the poll, in December 2017, 56% of U.S. adults said sexual misconduct was a serious problem in American workplaces in general. Today, just 35% think that. People today are also less likely to say sexual misconduct is a problem in various industries, including Hollywood, higher education, the military, and the government.


A robust 88% also think the movement has led to more people speaking out against sexual misconduct and 76% believe it’s led to more companies taking actions to prevent it. Fifty-eight percent say they themselves are now more likely to speak out if they witness sexual misconduct.


The poll also found that 54% of respondents had received workplace training on harassment in the past year and 34% had discussed the topic with others. Overall, the poll found 61% of U.S. adults think the movement has had a positive impact for women, while 45% think it’s been positive for the whole country.


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