A new book co-edited by a University of Wollongong (UOW) digital media academic has cast the spotlight on the aftermath of #MeToo, two years after the movement roiled industries across the world.

Dr Rachel Loney-Howes, a criminology scholar who specialises in researching gender-based violence, edited #MeToo and the Politics of Social Change alongside Dr Bianca Fileborn, from the University of Melbourne.

They both also contributed a chapter to the anthology, which was published this month by Palgrave Macmillan, and brings together international and Australian academics, activists and practitioners from the fields of media, criminology, film studies, gender and queer studies and the law.

Dr Loney-Howes said the #MeToo movement, which had actually begun a number of years ago but went into overdrive in October 2017 after a series of high-profile men were the subject of sexual harassment and assault allegations, came at a precipitous moment.

Within 24 hours of the allegations against Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, more than 12 million sexual harassment and assault survivors around the world had used the hashtag #MeToo.

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