#MeToo hits home in Minot

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MINOT, N.D. - Two simple words have become a rallying cry on social media to stand against sexual harassment and assault: Me too.

Social media was flooded with posts on Sunday, mostly from women, who used the hashtag to show that they have been sexually harassed or assaulted.

I spoke with a few here in Minot and the DVCC about #MeToo.

Candice has worked to rebuild her life, ever since one night took away her innocence.

"I just was completely unconscious and that was like the first time I had ever had sex so it kind of took something from me. Something that meant everything from me and just part of my soul's kind of been gone since then," said Candice Kissel, #MeToo Survivor.

In the Magic City, she's not alone.

"When I was 15 I was molested by a family friend, by a close family friend, and nobody believed me," says Jennifer Juenger, #MeToo Survivor.

She's joined throughout the world by thousands of women and men who are tagging their social media profiles with the hashtag "MeToo" to indicate that they have been sexually harassed or assaulted.

"I would have never guessed that many people and then I saw how many people and I was like wow this is a serious, serious thing," said Kissel.

"It really didn't shock me. It really didn't, because it's becoming so much more prevalent nowadays for people to be more honest and open about it," said Juenger.

The movement started in response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal. But Hollywood isn't the only work place where these incidents happen.

Minot's Domestic Violence Crisis Center has struggled to get sexual assault education into area offices.

"It's really important to know what health relationships look likes like. We would be more than happy to come and talk to an employer we just don't get a lot of responses," said Bjornson.

Supporters have also toted "hashtag-MeToo" on their pages. The DVCC says it's amazing to see the conversation flowing.

"It was nice to see that people are speaking out about their experiences. It was also bittersweet sort of a bittersweet moment," said Tara Bjornson, DVCC assistant director.

As victims show they are not alone and won't stand for the abuse, there is hope that change is coming.

There is help for you right here in Minot at the Domestic Violence Crisis Center. You can reach them by contacting the at (701) 852-2258.