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#MeToo: Author Melinda Ferguson shares her abuse story

Women have taken to social media to share horrific stories of how they too have been victims of abuse at the hands of men.

Author and journalist Melinda Ferguson. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG – The internet has been an emotional place to be over the past few days because of the hashtag #MeToo.

It was nearly impossible to scroll through social media this week without seeing a post tagged #MeToo.

The idea for the hashtag started with US actress Alyssa Milano, as a means of addressing the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment in America.

Women have taken to social media to share horrific stories of how they too have been victims of abuse at the hands of men.

The abuse ranges from sexual, emotional, mental, financial and more.

Author and journalist Melinda Ferguson shared her story about how her abuse started when she was four-years-old until she was a teenager.

On Wednesday, Former ANC MP and singer Jennifer Ferguson took to Facebook accusing Safa president Danny Jordaan of raping her 20 years ago.

Fergurson says that by speaking out - even after 20 years - she hopes to encourage those who've gone through the same ordeal to also break their silence.

Melinda Ferguson also took to her Facebook account to offer her strength:

This hashtag isn’t just about creepy men, it isn’t about Hollywood ass-grabbing or sexual harassment in the workplace. This is about male violence.

It focuses on being disbelieved by enablers, being shunned and receiving backlash as a whistleblower, and risking (and enduring) physical assault, blacklisting, and defamation when you say no.