Associate Professor Christina DeJong spoke during WKAR’s “Morning Edition” radio segment about sexual harassment, sexual assault, and the recent widespread #MeToo self-identification on social media.
From the WKAR article:
“I’m aware as a researcher that sexual harassment and sexual assault is pretty common in our culture, particularly among women also among men,” said Dr. DeJong. “Occasionally when there is a big news story like this that tends to open the floodgates… people start to feel safe about opening up with regard to their victimization. And sharing… can be very confidence building.”
[By posting “Me too” as their Facebook or Twitter status, or in reply to another’s posting,] thousands of women are identifying themselves as victims of sexual harassment or assault following a call to action propelled by actress Alyssa Milano in the wake of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s downfall over of allegations of sexual misconduct spanning decades.
Dr. DeJong said many people are sharing their stories because they were too ashamed right after they were victimized.
“It allows many more victims who perhaps didn’t tell anyone what happened to them, it allows them to share now.”
Christina DeJong is an associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Her research interests focus on violence against women, hate crimes based on sexual orientation and gender identity, genocidal violence, and gender differences in policing.