A Young Activist’s Tweets Awaken a #MeToo Movement in Mexico
Even some members of United Mexican Journalists said they were afraid to speak openly, for fear of losing their jobs or suffering wider social retaliation. But the fear of going on the record was justified, analysts and activists said, given the levels of violence against women in Mexico, the record of impunity and the lack of accountability.
“Those who speak out in Mexico often become victims of isolation,” said Ms. Berman, the novelist. “They face a sort of social death, a silent punishment.”
After Ms. González’s tweets went viral, she began to be harassed online. It was scary and exhausting, she said.
“I can’t eat or sleep,” she said. But she added that she would not have done anything differently.
Almost a year ago, as the #MeToo movement was gathering momentum in the United States, Karla Souza, a Mexican actress starring in the American television show “How to Get Away With Murder,” spoke in an interview on CNN en Español about the abuse she said she had experienced at the hands of an unnamed director with whom she had worked on a different project.
Ms. Souza said this director showed up in her room in the middle of the night to talk about a scene they were working on. In the interview, she said she had rejected his advances in the past. On that night, she said, he raped her.
The trauma kept her from pressing charges or fully recovering from the experience, she said.
Although a few other women came forward after Ms. Souza’s account, it did not incite a broader movement in Mexico. She and the others were criticized for, among other things, not naming their aggressors — something analysts said could have dissuaded other women from speaking out.
“When you see how these women have been treated publicly, it makes perfect sense many victims want to protect themselves by staying anonymous,” said Ms. González, the activist. “Let’s just hope this time it will be different.”