This week, thousands of women and men took to Twitter to share their stories of sexual assault with the words “me too”.
The #MeToo hashtag quickly went viral, and started trending as people across the globe came forward to support each other and show just how widespread the problem of sexual assault is.
But one woman has urged victims to drop #MeToo and instead turn to #HimThough.
Why? Because women should no longer have to bear the brunt of the burden and shame that comes with sexual assault.
Liz Plank, whose Twitter handle is @feministfabulous, is an award-winning journalist and executive producer of video series Divided States of Women.
Yesterday, she started up the #HimThough hashtag, pointing out that in the “vast majority of cases” men are the perpetrators of sexual assault.
#MeToo I was sexually harassed, physically and verbally attacked. But what about him though? Who decided it was women's job to fix men?— Liz Plank (@feministabulous) October 17, 2017
Why is the burden always on women? I'm done pretending sexual assault is a woman's issue. Your shame is not ours. No sir. #HimThough— Liz Plank (@feministabulous) October 17, 2017
It's ludicrous to say sexual assault is a women's issue. Men are victims too. And in vast majority of cases they're perpetrators. #HimThough— Liz Plank (@feministabulous) October 17, 2017
Twitter users followed her suggestions, and began to share the #HimThough hashtag to speak out about how women are blamed as victims of sexual assault.
Women - running tonight? Then make sure you keep to main roads, don't use headphones, and carry your rape alarm. What about #HimThough ?— Sarah Wright (@SWrightAgain) October 18, 2017
One person found a way to use both the hashtags.