Internet Searches Regarding Sexual Harassment and Assault Increased After Start of #MeToo Movement

January 22, 2019 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care


​Internet searches regarding sexual harassment and assault, as well as reporting and training, have increased since the start of the #MeToo movement, according to a December 21, 2018, research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine. The #MeToo movement began in October 2017, following public accusations of sexual harassment and assault against film producer Harvey Weinstein. The authors monitored Google searches from January 1, 2010, through June 15, 2018, for the terms "sexual" and "harassment" or "assault" and further monitored for results that also included the terms "report" or "reporting" or "train" or "training." Searches for sexual harassment and/or assault were 86% higher than expected from the start of the #MeToo movement to the end of the study period.

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