This week, the #MeToo social media movement has reignited the conversation around sexual harassment and sexual assault, giving many women—and some men—space to acknowledge, reflect over and potentially begin to heal the trauma that has happened to many all over the world. Since actress Alyssa Milano tweeted a call-out to victims on Sunday, people began to use #MeToo to show their support and solidarity for those who have been affected—to say they too understand what it’s like to experience sexual harassment.
Many female athletes have also suffered from such deeply disturbing experiences and were not afraid to share their stories on Facebook or Twitter this week. Some may have not experienced sexual abuse, but still felt the need to support the movement and their community.
Here are posts from some famous sportswomen who want their fans and others to know that they are not alone.
Layshia Clarendon (basketball)
Atlanta Dream gaurd Layshia Clarendon has been one of the most outspoken WNBA athletes against sexual assault. In April, she wrote a personal essay for Mic about how she overcame sexual abuse and overbearing shame.
— Layshia Clarendon (@Layshiac) October 17, 2017
Paige Spiranac (golf)
American golfer Paige Spiranac is a professional golfer who is now an ambassador for the Cybersmile Foundation, a non-profit that seeks to fight cyberbullying by creating positive content.
— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) October 17, 2017
Hope Solo (soccer)
Former U.S. national soccer team goalkeeper wrote a statement about the state of sexual violence in the world. Solo thinks that taking a silent stance on the issue is not acceptable.
— Hope Solo (@hopesolo) October 16, 2017
United Stated Olympic Committee (USOC)
The USOC tweeted that athletes can contact the U.S. Center of SafeSport if they need support.
— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) October 17, 2017
Abby Wambach (soccer)
FIFA Player of the Year Abby Wambach tweeted her support of her girlfriend, best-selling author Glennon Doyle Melton. Melton is an activist and philanthropist who supports women and children.
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Twitter reported on Tuesday that the #MeToo hashtag has been used 825,000 times since Sunday. In less than 24 hours, 4.7 million people have engaged in the conversation with more than 12 million posts, comments and reactions. Even though the hashtag has recently gained viral traction, the movement actually started 10 years ago with activist Tarana Burke, who is the program director for Girls for Gender Equity in Brooklyn.