The #MeToo Movement Through a Legal Lens


With Professors Laura Beth Nielsen and Deborah Tuerkheimer

What started out as a viral moment has grown into a movement that has resulted in both praise and controversy. Laura Beth Nielsen and Deb Tuerkheimer discuss how the #MeToo movement differs from similar assault accusations in the past, the role President Trump may have played in the movement’s growth, and the impact the movement has had on public discussion surrounding sexual harassment and assault. They also look at the movement through the lens of the law, looking at what the law has to say about enablers and witnesses, the importance of modernizing the laws surrounding rape, and the adequacy of societal punishment.