Trigger warning: Ironically, this post is about the need for trigger warnings.
My Facebook feed was flooded yesterday with “Me too” posts. Some had no details, others were graphic and triggering. Really the whole thing was triggering. I’m not sure what this campaign is going to do, other than trigger some already traumatized women to relive their experiences and/or become depressed. Or maybe it’s just me.
Yes, sexual abuse, harassment and assault is rampant. Why is the onus on women who’ve experienced these things, and survived them, to open up to the world about it in a very exposed, impersonal forum like Facebook or Twitter – possibly upsetting other survivors in the process? Who does that really help?
Don’t get me wrong. There’s bravery in sharing one’s story. There are survivors out there doing powerful advocacy work.
But this kind of viral media campaign isn’t that. Most of the women (and MEN – why aren’t male survivors being encouraged to join in?) who I personally know have complex PTSD from ongoing abuse, did not post, or simply copied and pasted the original post. Probably because to do more than that was too triggering. Or maybe they don’t want everyone to know what happened to them (and you know what? That’s OK too!).
Is it just me? I looked at my feed again this morning and immediately felt the panic and depression setting in …
Who is this helping? Who is it supposed to help?
And please, if you’re going to do this and post details, PUT A TRIGGER WARNING.