Skip to content. They also talk about the status of women. It got thousands of likes. But not everyone is heard equally. On the 25th of every month, S. One of the women who posted on the MeTooEthiopia site is a woman named Milu. She lives in Addis Ababa. She wrote about being abused by her piano teacher when she was 8. And they're afraid to talk about it because of victim-shaming. It can dishonor the family. She says she was a teenager when she finally told her family about what happened. She says her family wanted her to just move on and not talk about it.
Milu wants for people in Ethiopian society to speak freely about sexual assault, otherwise it will just keep happening, she says.
We need to understand, you know, what it's emanating from. And it's also how we are raised. So, it's what are we giving to our kids? Or someone who's 20, 30, 40 years older than them. And it happened when they were young. Right away after it happened she told me that she regretted growing up in a culture that put so much pressure and value on sex and even kissing someone. She felt like it was her fault for not feeling anything in that moment because she really likes this boy and the values our culture put in place had a very big influence in that.
It was interesting to me how she connected it to culture and how it negatively affected her. Do you think this is something that often happens with our people? She adds that the power gap between Ethiopian men and women is much wider than it is in the West, which makes it even harder for victims to get help in their home country. But they are trying to work with groups on the ground to help survivors get the resources they need, wherever they are: groups like Setaweet , which offers a place for women to talk about feminist topics and offer training and workshops for workplaces.
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