The goal of the #MeToo movement was to increase the awareness of danger and oppression that American women deal with constantly.
Well, that’s not what went down. Since the movement has caused men to be destroyed by a mere allegation, it has caused Americans to become much more skeptical of accusations.
So basically, it has done the exact opposite of what the originators hoped for.
A survey was completed by YouGov and the Economist a year after the hashtag began.
“When it came to questions about the consequences of sexual assault and misconduct, there was a small but clear shift against victims,” the Economist wrote.
Victims is always there in place of accusers.
While the numbers are still in favor of the accusers, there has been a shirt in the past year.
Per Daily Wire:
In November 2017, 28% of American adults said “men who sexually harassed women 20 years ago should not lose their jobs today.” As of September 2018, 36% now say the same. Men, women, and Trump voters have all seen increases in their responses, while fewer Clinton voters feel the same.
On the question of whether “false accusations of sexual assault are a bigger problem than unreported assaults,” a larger percentage of each of the above four categories now agree. Women and Trump supporters in particular now see false accusations as more of a problem. In November 2017, 10% of women and 20% of Trump supporters said false accusations were a bigger problem. Now, 15% of women and 35% of Trump supporters say the same.
When asked if “women who complain about sexual harassment cause more problems than they solve,” men actually showed no change, with about 31% agreeing now and in November 2017. More women, Trump supporters, and even Clinton supporters, agree with the statement.
The Economist wrote: “Surprisingly, these changes in opinion against victims have been slightly stronger among women than men. Rather than breaking along gendered lines, the #MeToo divide increasingly appears to be a partisan one. On each of these three questions, the gap between Trump and Clinton voters is at least six times greater than the one between genders.”
Maybe sexual assault victims should come forward on their own terms instead of being almost incentivized to accuse people of it.
One thing is for sure, it’s a very tricky situation. Each accusation should be treated on a case-by-case instance. Too many people from both sides paint with too broad of a brush.