Why I said #MeToo: An Exploration of the Purpose of Disclosure Among Indian Women

Ekasmayi Esha Naresh, Dan Isaac Pothiyil, Syam Kaithavalappil Ravindran

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The surge of sexual abuse disclosures by women during the #MeToo movement raised awareness about an important social issue that has garnered much attention. However, apart from the changes the movement initiated, the issue of why women chose to disclose in the context of the movement has not been extensively examined. Why women disclose such a sensitive topic in the public domain, often via social media, within the Indian cultural context, where matters such as sexual abuse are considered taboo, warrants further examination. This article explores the reasons for disclosure among Indian women participating in the #MeToo movement, through qualitative research, using the interpretative phenomenological approach. The emergent themes include reactions to the injustice, expectations of validation and closure, addressing stigma, initiation of dialogue and social change, as well as expression of solidarity, as the purpose for which disclosures were undertaken.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98 - 112
JournalIndian Journal of Gender Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 02-2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Health(social science)
  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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