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15 Stories That Show What's Changed And What Hasn't For People Who Have Said #MeToo

These BuzzFeed News stories show how the rise of the #MeToo movement has changed the US — and how far we still have to go.

Posted on December 19, 2018, at 11:12 a.m. ET

1. Exposing Harvey Weinstein Was Impossible. Here’s How One Year Changed Everything.

Kiersten Essenpreis for BuzzFeed News

Things are never going back to the way they were. Read it here.

—Kate Aurthur

2. Will Time Ever Be Up For Abusive Men In Hip-Hop?

Ben Kothe / BuzzFeed News; Getty Images

Throughout this past year of holding men in entertainment to task, the music industry has largely continued to overlook abuse allegations within its most popular genre, exhibiting a troubling lack of accountability. Read it here.

—Sylvia Obell

3. A Judge Wanted To Give A Sex Offender A Second Chance. Prosecutors Want Him In Prison.

Kiersten Esspenpreis for BuzzFeed News

In an unusual legal move, these lawyers are trying to bring #MeToo into a sex offender’s sentencing. Read it here.

—Jessica Testa

4. Asking People About #MeToo Uncovers A Generation Gap

Shannon Levin for BuzzFeed News

A new survey conducted by BuzzFeed News and Ipsos shows a notable partisan and generational divide on the #MeToo movement. Read it now.

—Tomi Obaro

5. The Law Made These Women Pay Up To Get Out Of Their Abusive Marriages

Kate Ferro for BuzzFeed News

These women thought they could finally break free from their convicted abusers. They didn’t expect it’d come with a price tag. Read it here.

—Ariane Lange

6. Here’s How Celebs Fight Back When They’re Accused Of Misconduct

Ben Kothe / BuzzFeed News

When a prominent person is accused of misconduct, they often hire a team of high-priced publicists and lawyers to act as their first line of defense — and business is booming. Read it here.

—Michael Blackmon

7. How #MeToo Changed Some Of Your Favorite TV Shows In 2018

CBS; TV Land; ABC

Grey’s Anatomy, Younger, and The Good Fight are among the many shows that tackled #MeToo over the past year. Read it here.

—Alanna Bennett

8. Is There Such A Thing As Ballet That Doesn’t Hurt Women?

Stephane De Sakutin / AFP / Getty Images

The fallout from a year of #MeToo forces us to ask how ballet can become less damaging to women and their bodies, and who needs to be included to make that change. Read it here.

—Ellen O'Connell Whittet

9. When I Named My Abuser, I Thought America Was Changing. I Was Wrong.

Delphine Lee for BuzzFeed News

When I broke my silence about the powerful man who assaulted me, I wanted my kids to see that the truth matters. Today, I have no idea what to tell them. Read it here.

—Drew Dixon

10. Here’s How Laws Are Changing With The #MeToo Movement

Spencer Platt / Getty Images

“I sure hope it sends the message that we hear you, we see you, we take you seriously, and things are changing,” said Sen. Connie Leyva. Read it here.

—Claudia Koerner

11. Anthony Rapp Says It’s Still Hard For Men To Say #MeToo

Andrew H. Walker / Variety / REX / Shutterstock

A year after coming forward about Kevin Spacey, Rapp is certain the #MeToo movement is working — but he’s less sure where he and other male victims belong in it. Read it here.

—Adam B. Vary

12. He Counseled A Teen For Years, But She Says He Was Grooming Her For Sex

Kate Ferro for BuzzFeed News

A young woman filed a lawsuit and a police report accusing a Texas imam of sexual misconduct. Those who know her say it’s a landmark moment for Muslims saying #MeToo. Read it here.

—Hannah Allam

13. For A Woman Who Accused A Lawyer Of Groping Her, There’s No #MeToo

Rick Wenner for BuzzFeed News

“It’s robbed me of years of my life. It’s given me zero trust in the system. This is probably why women don’t come forward.” Read it here.

—Albert Samaha

14. How Students With Special Needs Finally Stopped Their Abusive Teacher

BuzzFeed News; Orange County Register / Youtube

Kids had complained about him for years, according to documents reviewed by BuzzFeed News, but it was a decade before someone finally called the police. Read it here.

—Tyler Kingkade

15. Sex Tourists Say They're Going To Mexico To Escape #MeToo

Arlene Mejorado for BuzzFeed News

“They say they’re more free here than over there. They say that just by looking at a woman, you can get sued.” Read it here.

—John Stanton


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