Time magazine named the “silence breakers” of the #MeToo movement “Person of the Year.” The Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal said in a statement, “The galvanizing actions of the women on our cover … along with those of hundreds of others, and of many men as well, have unleashed one of the highest-velocity shifts in our culture since the 1960s.”
We are in a moment where accepted norms around sexual assault can change or recede. If the movement wants to ensure that this behavior — a willingness to speak out and stand up — becomes the status quo in our society, advocates and organizations need to think strategically about how to ensure that women are supported as they continue to report sexual violence and their perpetrators are held accountable.
To do so, they can look to the science on social norms — shared beliefs of how people behave or should behave, set by social groups they are either born into or self-select into.
Read the full article about the lasting influence of #metoo by Annie Neimand at Stanford Social Innovation Review
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