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2/21 Twitter Chat: #MeToo and the Disability Community

#MeToo and the Disability Community

Twitter Chat

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

4 pm Pacific / 7 pm Eastern


In partnership, Rooted in Rights and the Disability Visibility Project® invite you to participate in a Twitter chat about the #MeToo movement and the disability community. Much gratitude to activist Tarana Burke, founder of the me too movement.

How to Participate

Follow @RootedInRights and @DisVisibility for updates and during the chat.

If you might be overwhelmed by the volume of tweets and only want to see the chat’s questions, check @DisVisibility’s account. The questions will be pinned at the top. Each question will tweeted 6-7 minutes apart.

Check out this explanation of how to participate in a Twitter chat by Ruti Regan:

Check out this captioned ASL explanation of how to participate in a chat by @behearddc

Introductory Tweets and Questions

Welcome to the #MeToo and the Disability Community chat co-hosted by @RootedInRights and @DisVisibility.

During this chat all people are welcome to participate in particular disabled women, disabled women of color, disabled femmes, and disabled non-binary people. Much gratitude to activist @TaranaBurke, founder of the @MeTooMVMT. For more: #MeToo

Since #MeToo is not a hashtag for this specific chat, please Tweet at @RootedInRights and @DisVisibility when you reply so we can keep track of the convo. We’re doing this so the broader audience hears and sees us.

If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #MeToo @RootedInRights @DisVisibility

Note: There will be discussions of rape culture, sexual coercion, violence, abuse, and harassment. Please practice self-care and feel free to mute, seek help, and/ or take a break. For help: @RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) #MeToo

Q1 What are your thoughts about the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements and their inclusion/exclusion of disabled people? What stories have you seen? What’s missing?  

Q2 If you are comfortable sharing, what are your experiences with sexual harassment, coercion, and violence as a disabled person? What have you seen and observed in the disability community? #MeToo

Q3 How do the intersections of disability with gender, race, sexual orientation, class, and other factors, impact a person’s experience with sexual harassment, coercion, and violence? #MeToo

Q4 Rape culture is described as “a society or environment whose prevailing social attitudes have the effect of normalizing or trivializing sexual assault and abuse.” What are some examples of rape culture in the disability community? #MeToo

Q5 What changes do you want to see within the disability community in the way we talk about and respond to consent, sexual harassment, coercion, and violence?  #MeToo

Q6 How does discrimination, audism, and ableism influence the way law enforcement, the legal system, employers, and other authorities respond to disabled people when they experience sexual harassment, coercion, and violence? #MeToo

Q7 How does systemic oppression in the form of institutionalization, incarceration, segregation, physical and social barriers, contribute to the sexual harassment, coercion, and violence of disabled people? #MeToo

Q8 What changes are necessary that will help all communities feel safer and hold powerful people accountable, both society in general and specifically with the disability community? What do you want to see happen next? #MeToo

Thank you for being part of today’s #MeToo and the Disability Community chat. Continue to follow @DisVisibility & @rootedinrights for updates. Here is our call for stories if you are interested in participating:


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