Following the unleashing of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Alyssa Milano posted a single tweet that resulted in an onslaught of people speaking their voice about the issue and even opening up about their personal stories.
Social networks have been flooded with #METOO and personal sexual assault/harassment stories and experiences.
If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/k2oeCiUf9n
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017
Just a few short minutes after she tweeted, a great deal of women, some famous and some not, began sharing their stories with the world. Some men even chimed in to share their voices.
Fathers, teach your sons. So new generations of women don’t have to say #MeToo
— Liam O'Brien (@VoiceOfOBrien) October 16, 2017
You are not alone. #MeToo
— Sarah Hyland (@Sarah_Hyland) October 16, 2017
Me too. I don’t know if means anything coming from a gay man but it’s happened. Multiple times.
— Javier Muñoz (@JMunozActor) October 15, 2017
#MeToo • “If all the women who have been sexually assaulted or harassed use ‘Me, too’ as a status update, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” • It's shocking to see how many men are shocked. That women they know, perhaps even EVERY woman they know, has been sexually harassed. Sexually assaulted. This problem reaches farther than Harvey. Or Donald. (Both of whom, by the way, I hope get their due.) We live in a country where 1 in 4 women is assaulted or raped by the time she leaves college. And those numbers come from what gets reported. Estimates put the true stats at 1 in 2. Half of all women. By the age of 22. And if you scoff at that reality, you are part of the problem. If you are feeling a little uneasy, wondering if your behavior is part of the problem? It is. I promise you. If you're a woman who has been manipulated or bullied into feeling like her assault was her fault? It was not. There is no excuse for the behavior of abusers. And so many abusers are adept at psychological and emotionally abuse, thus masterful manipulators. • And if you're one of those men that I know? One of those men whose palms are sweating reading this? Wondering if your names are about to be exposed because of what you've done? How you've abused. How you've twisted. How you've lied. Good. Sweat. Be afraid. Welcome to our world. And watch your backs. We have looked over our shoulders in fear, every day and night, for long enough. Your turn. To you abusers and the ones who stood by and stayed silent? Consider this your notice. From me and from women everywhere. We are roaring, alright. • #MeToo #WomenWhoRoar #TaranaBurke
On Monday, Oct. 16, Twitter confirmed to CNN that #MeToo had been tweeted more than a half a million times.
CNN states that,” In addition to Weinstein being accused of sexual misconduct by several women, losing his job and his wife, he was also stripped of his membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Saturday.”