via Sarah Mervosh of The New York Times- When Kaylee Kapatos posted on Facebook this month that she was a survivor of domestic violence, using the hashtag #WhyIStayed, the response among her friends was muted. Only the week before, she had posted about sexual assault with the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport and got what she called “overwhelmingly positive feedback.”
“It’s totally different,” said Ms. Kapatos, 25, who works as a residence life coordinator at Michigan Technological University. “People just don’t want to talk about it.”
Over the past year, the #MeToo movement has transformed culture, in many ways expanding beyond sexual assault and harassment to become a transcendent force for empowering women. There have been discussions about what it’s like for women to go on bad dates, how women must calculate the risk of mundane tasks like selling an item online or going on a run, and why it’s important to believe women when they tell their stories.