As "Me Too" trend spreads on social media, counselors hope it will help victims of assault

Posted at 5:41 PM, Oct 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-17 12:57:26-04

TULSA -- The latest trend taking social media by storm is women posting the status, "Me Too." 

This follows allegations against Harvey Weinstein as people share their experiences with sexual harassment and assault. For those that work with victims of assault, this issue hits close to home.  

Donna Mathews said it's her own family that led her to become the Chief Operating Officer at Domestic Violence Intervention Services. She told 2 Works for You she saw assault start with her cousins when she was just a child.

"I can still see the affects on the children and the grandchildren of them growing up in a chaotic, violent home. I can still see that," Mathews said.

The COO said more people are having faith in the system and wanting to share their experiences. The intervention center is providing counseling to hundreds every year.

"There's a lot of people that are getting hurt here in this area by people who should be caring for them and I just don't think people should have to live that way. And it hurts me that they do," Mathews said.

Many at DVIS said they've experienced harassment themselves.

"It's becoming more and more unacceptable. I think at an earlier point in time it was much more secretive and people and women really did not talk about what was happening because they didn't think there would be any support," said Vice President of Clinical Services Missy Iski.

Iski hopes trends like "Me Too" leads to fewer victims. In the last year DVIS provided counseling to more than 400 victims of sexual assault in Tulsa, and close to a thousand domestic violence victims.

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