A Facebook page started in 2013 has collected thousands of testimonies of sexual abuse, and numbers have ramped up since Weinstein allegations became public
International fashion model Maayan Keret said she was raped at the age of 12. Since then, Keret said, she has been harassed or assaulted so many times she “stopped counting.”
Yael Arad, a silver medalist in judo at the 1992 Summer Olympics, said that despite her “image and physical abilities,” men have tried to “take advantage of or harass” her three times.
Knesset member Merav Ben-Ari said male soldiers on her army base verbally harassed her and touched her inappropriately.
These are just a few of the many accounts of sexual harassment and assault shared by high-profile Israeli women in recent days in response to the #metoo campaign launched Sunday on Twitter by the American actress Alyssa Milano.
A response to the sexual abuse allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, the phenomenon spread quickly — in the first 24 hours, there were more than 12 million Facebook posts, reactions and comments about it.
Here, in addition to scores of high-profile Israelis, thousands of ordinary women have added their voices to the accounts of sexual harassment and assault from women around the world.
As it happens, however, this is far from the first time that Israeli women have said “Me Too”— or “Gam Ani” in Hebrew: A Facebook page called “One Out of One,”
launched in 2013, has collected nearly 2,500 such testimonies in recent years, the vast majority of them anonymously.The Israeli media have highlighted the campaign and the issue of sexual assault. On Monday, Yediot Aharonot, one of Israel’s most widely read newspapers, splashed the sexual harassment and assault accounts of six prominent Israeli women — Arad and Ben-Ari among them — across its front page under the headline “Also Us.”
Gal Shargill, a 33-year-old attorney in Rosh Pina, started the page along with feminist activist Shlomit Havron. Their goal was to raise awareness about how widespread sexual harassment and assault are in Israel. The name, much like “Me Too,” is a reference to the notion that nearly every Israeli woman has a story to tell.