Viola Davis's #MeToo stories don't involve famous Hollywood names, but that's all the more reason to listen
The #MeToo movement has empowered individuals to come forward and share their stories of sexual harassment, assault, and sexism across many industries. However, because the movement seemingly began with Harvey Weinstein’s watershed takedown, most of the stories being spotlighted are from actresses who suffered abuses at the hands of well-known and powerful men while pursuing careers in Hollywood. Viola Davis opened up in the new issue of Net-a-Porter’s Porter magazine to say that she doesn’t just have one #MeToo “story,” she has “stories,” and while her abusers don’t have powerful Hollywood names, that’s all the more reason to listen.
Here, Davis’s #MeToo “stories,” in full:
Davis has long been a vocal supporter of women’s and victim’s rights; she’s an advocate for The Rape Foundation and her moving speech at the 2018 women’s march empowered women who have yet to come forward, especially women of color, whose stories have been missing from the larger #MeToo movement.
“I am speaking today, not just for the Me Toos, because I was a Me Too,” she said at the women’s march. “But when I raise my hand, I am aware of all the women who are still in silence. The women who are faceless. The women who don’t have the money and who don’t have the constitution and who don’t have the confidence, and who don’t have the images in our media that gives them a sense of self-worth enough to break the silence that’s rooted in the shame of assault, that’s rooted in the stigma of assault.”
The world needs more Viola Davis. We are forever listening.