#MeToo Needs to Include #GirlsToo

I recently read an Associated Press interview with singer and actress Mary J. Blige in which she shared her personal account of sexual harassment, beginning at age 5. “From age 5 to 17, I [went] through hell with sexual harassment … By the time I got to the music business, it was like, ‘Don't touch me or I'll kill you,’” she said.

Hurtful Words in the Hallway, Sexual Harassment in High School

It was a normal day at school when I asked a friend if he could tell my teacher that I would be late to class while I grabbed something from the library. “Oh, I’ll tell her you’re off having sex with all those guys.”

This was my friend. It was a disrespectful comment, but I brushed it off. He was known as a bit of a comedian, but I knew he considered me a nice girl. It wasn’t until I walked away that I heard another voice say, “Because it’s likely.”

We’re taught that sexual harassment is an often violent and deplorable act found in the workplace or on the street.