When your friend says, “I hate doing homework,” you probably say, “Me too.” It’s such a simple English phrase that most students and children learn it early. Now women around the world are using #metoo. They are using it to talk about experiences they all share of being sexually harassed.
It may be popular now, but this hashtag (#) actually start¬ed back in 2006 by an American civil rights activist named Tarana Burke. She used it to raise aware¬ness of sexual abuse in American society. Eleven years later, singer/ actress Alyssa Milano made it popular again when she used it on Twitter.
On October 15, 2017, Alyssa Milano tweeted, “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” Women agreed and began using the phrase in differ¬ent languages all over the world, on different websites and apps. It went viral!
2017 年10 月15 日這天，米蘭諾推文寫道：「如果所有曾經遭到性騷擾或性侵害的女性都用『Me too』一詞顯示自己的身分，就能讓所有人感受到這個問題的嚴重性。」米蘭諾的推文獲得全球女性的響應， 她們用不同的語言，在不同的網站或社群媒體app上寫下#MeToo。一夕之間，這個詞就像病毒一樣迅速散布開來。
Sexual harassment can happen at any age. Dr. Fiona Vera-Gray from Durham Uni¬versity researched the kind of violence that happens to females every day. More than a third (1/3) of the girls she talked with had ex¬perienced sexual harassment before age 12. Almost two thirds (2/3) had experienced it during their teenage years (13-19).
性騷擾事件可能發生在各個年齡層。杜倫大學的薇拉格雷博士研究女性在日常生活中遭遇性騷擾、性侵害暴力事件的情形，她訪談過的女孩之中，超過3 分之1 的人數在12 歲之前曾遭性騷擾，且有將近3 分之2 的受訪者表示，遭到性騷擾的經驗，發生在青少年（13-19 歲）階段。
★Consent and respectful relationship 合意和彼此尊敬
You have a relationship with your family, teachers and friends. It’s very important for these relationships to be respectful. That means we care about the feel¬ings and rights of other people. There must also be consent—each person agrees.
★Healthy attitude about intimacy 健康的親密行為
Being intimate or very physically close with a person is spe¬cial. It should only happen when people really love and trust each other. No one is allowed to touch you if you don’t want them to, no matter who they are!
People are similar, but you are still unique. You can do things that no one else can. When you know that, you have self-worth. You will know that you don’t need to do things to make someone else happy.
stand up for (someone/thing) 挺身而出，支持（某人或某事）
Do you have that strange feeling in your stom¬ach? Time to stand up for yourself or your friend. You can tell the offending person to go away, or you can leave.
sell (someone/thing) short 看輕（人或物）
People who don’t know how good or valu¬able they really are do this to themselves. Don’t sell yourself short by saying ‘yes’ when you want to say ‘no’!