After the rape accusation launched on Twitter by a young man against a PCF adviser in Paris, the hashtag #MeTooGay has grown very quickly on social networks.
A few days after the wave of chilling testimonies of men and women under the hashtag #MetooInceste in the wake of the publication of Camille Kouchner’s book, La familia grande, where the young woman evokes the alleged rape of her little brother by Olivier Duhamel, it is the hashtag #MetooGay which has risen since January 21 among the most used keywords on the social network Twitter.
The hashtag was launched shortly after accusations on Twitter of a young man who mentions what he claims to be rape by Paris adviser Maxime Cochard, elected from the 14th century and member of the Communist Party, as well as his companion .
“I consider that they took advantage of my youth, of my naivety, of the fact that due to family problems I did not really have a place to sleep, of their responsibilities within the PCF to have sex. agreed with me ”, writes the Internet user with the pseudonym“ Prunille ”, noting however not to have decided“ of the follow-up to be given ”.
[TW : VIOL]
After more than 2 years without knowing how to put words to what happened to me, I realize that I was raped by Maxime Cochard, counselor of Paris and his companion Victor Laby in October 2018 when I only had 18 years old and was particularly vulnerable.
– Prunille (@TT_Guillaume) January 21, 2021
An accusation denied shortly after by Maxime Cochard with a press release, also published on Twitter, in which he denounces “a totally false accusation” before adding a judicial follow-up to this case: “Given the seriousness of such remarks and of their slanderous nature, I instructed my lawyer to immediately take legal action for libel ”. The PCF nevertheless asked him to withdraw from political life.
Shortly after this rape accusation, many Internet users also disclosed on social networks that they had been raped by people of the same sex using the hashtag #MetooGay. Clément Pouré, journalist for Mediapart, for example reported having been raped at 12 years old “by [s]one older German correspondent. ” The young man then adds: “My parents always believed me. Justice took years to recognize what I had suffered. ”
#MeTooGay at age 12 by my older German correspondent. My parents always believed me. Justice took years to recognize what I had suffered. My fault, said my German teacher, without the national education finding a problem.
– Clément Pouré (@Clembezard) January 21, 2021
Another Internet user evokes his rape after “a student party” and concludes by declaring: “It was neither the first nor the last assault.”
I am 18 years old. First real student party, I had drunk too much, a guy decided to take me home. I preferred to make a joke of it over “waking up with the unknown” for years. It was neither the first nor the last assault. #MeTooGay
– Yo. ⵣ (@YHsfa) January 21, 2021
This other man who describes himself as a “lyric singer” writes: “I was 14 and he was 29. He was my mother’s best friend and my piano teacher. Since then it has affected all my human and romantic relationships. “
I was 14 and he was 29. He was my mother’s best friend and my piano teacher. Since then it has affected all my human and romantic relationships. #MeTooGay
– Paul (@PaulGeff) January 21, 2021
They are also numerous to lend their support to this liberation of the word like this journalist who writes, admiringly: “It takes courage to testify.”
– Nils Wilcke (@paul_denton) January 21, 2021
David Belliard, deputy mayor of Paris, reacted to support the movement, which he described as a means of combating “patriarchal violence” after having affirmed: “The liberation of the word is an act of great courage, and it is if necessary. “
The liberation of speech is an act of great courage, and it is so necessary. Violence is also common and commonplace among gays, where patriarchal domination is pervasive as much as it is denied. Support for those who today find the strength to bear witness! #MeTooGay
– David Belliard (@David_Belliard) January 21, 2021
On the morning of January 22, nearly 3,500 tweets had been written with the hashtag #MeTooGay.