December 12, 2018

The Israeli Social Movement That Predated #MeToo

“Long before #MeToo and long before Christine Blasey Ford took the stand against Brett Kavanaugh, a group of women in Israel launched a movement aimed at encouraging victims of sexual assault to share their stories publicly.

They called it One of One (in Hebrew, Achat Mitoch Achat) – out of their conviction that every single person in Israel has been the target of some kind of unwanted sexual act.

What started out as a Facebook page meant to serve as a platform for testimonies has since evolved into a full-fledged NGO that also offers other services and engages in fundraising.

“What we did five years ago with One of One is what #MeToo did in America a year ago,” Yael Sherer, a driving force in the movement, reflects with pride. “Essentially, we provided a safe space for victims to share their experiences and were able to expose many men of power in Israel.””

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