As Erik Molano scrolled through his Facebook feed with endless streams of #MeToo posts inundating his eyes, he felt anger but also felt removed. He wasn’t a perpetrator of these harmful and degrading situations. Then he saw it. A woman who, on his Facebook feed, made a #MeToo post explicitly naming him and something he did.
Bystander training is a nonviolent mechanism for community members to go out into the real world and prevent confrontations from escalating, prevent harassment or hate crimes, and act as better allies.
The training event included people who had experienced harassment as well as those who had only witnessed it.
Fatima Sheikh has experienced both.
Jessie Gamble, a UW student coordinating the Milo Yiannopoulos event and president of the College Republicans of the UW, was recently the subject of a flyer anonymously published online calling her a white supremacist and racist while disseminating her contact information, social media, and her father’s phone number.