Has #MeToo really made a difference?: NOW Toronto
The #MeToo movement surged in the fall of 2017. But it hasn’t exactly changed everything.
When it comes to sexual assault in general, the glass is both half full and half empty. The #MeToo movement has had a massive impact on sexual abuse reporting. According to Stats Canada, the number of sexual-assault complaints filed with police and classified as legitimate increased sharply since the #MeToo movement went viral in October 2017.
[But] according to deb singh, a counsellor and activist at the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape, staff there are experiencing that surge in reporting first-hand: “In the 45 years that this organization has been operating, we’ve never had a 15-month waiting list for services – ever,” she says. “It’s unprecedented.”