Charmed actor Alyssa Milano has kicked off a hashtag campaign on social media called #MeToo to raise awareness of sexual harassment and assault.
The idea came from Alyssa’s friend and it’s not just a direct response to Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment allegations, but a simple effective way for women and men who have experienced sexual harassment and/or assault to “give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”
In a matter of hours, Alyssa’s tweet garnered over 29,000 replies and 10,000 retweets. Celebrities like Anna Paquin, Lady Gaga, Gabrielle Union and more also responded to the tweet with their own #MeToo hashtags.
“I’ve been asked a number of times to comment on the Harvey Weinstein scandal,” Alyssa said in a post she published on her website last week. “While I am sickened and angered over the disturbing accusations of Weinstein’s sexual predation and abuse of power, I’m happy – ecstatic even – that it has opened up a dialogue around the continued sexual harassment, objectification and degradation of women.”
It’s important to note that the #MeToo movement extends beyond the film industry and Hollywood – if anyone has so much as catcalled you, that’s sexual harassment.
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