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#MeToo Opens the Conversation at Persisterhood Panel

As more women come forward to share their stories of abuse, the Me Too movement continues to grow in support of those previously silenced.

Posted: Dec 7, 2017 8:59 AM
Updated: Dec 8, 2017 9:39 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Time magazine recently named the ‘Silence Breakers’ of the #MeToo movement as person of the year. The Me Too movement was a social media outreach that shared women’s experience with sexual harassment and assault. Ultimately prompting a national discussion about the damaging silence that follows most assault victims.

In response to the Time’s decision, Persisterhood, a local women’s advocacy group hosted a panel at the Rolling Hills Library, Wednesday, December 6. Women had the opportunity to share their personal testimonies and collectively discuss the national rhetoric surrounding sexual abuse. Counselor Nancy Piercy was on site to offer emotional support to those wishing to speak about their previous experiences with assault or harassment.

“It’s an environment that's welcoming,but at the same time it’s also troubling for a lot of people,because they are re-feeling things that happened to them in the past,” Piercy said.“I think that’s created our environment, so that people feel empowered. They no longer have to pretend like it didn’t happen.”

As more women come forward to share their stories of abuse, the Me Too movement continues to grow in support of those previously silenced. Twitter reported over 3million uses of the hashtag ‘Me Too’ in 2017.

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