Alyssa Milano starts powerful #MeToo campaign
The Harvey Weinstein effect has shown us that one voice alone can be difficult to hear. It took statements from dozens of A-list actresses detailing sexual misconduct to take down Hollywood's most powerful man; and it worked. In addition to losing his wife, Weinstein lost his place in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was ousted from his own studio, the Weinstein Company.
Of course, gender-specific harassment and assault goes far beyond one man, and the Harvey Weinstein effect has seen the modelling industry also speak out about the abuse and misuse of power. With numbers speaking out comes a safe space for previously silenced victims to come forward and Alyssa Milano's powerful #MeToo campaign has opened up the perfect platform to do so.
Over the weekend, Alyssa Milano tweeted a note that reads: "Suggested by a friend: 'If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote "me too" as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.'" She followed up her tweet by tweeting "Me too," signifying that she too had been a victim.
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
In just 24 hours, the tweet was replied to by celebrities including Debra Messing, Lady Gaga, Sophia Bush, and Gabrielle Union, all tweeting "Me too," among tens of thousands of people over the world. Twitter confirmed CNN that the hashtag has since been tweeted over half a million times globally by victims detailing their sexual assault experiences, and has also been picked up on Facebook.
In an essay penned to Patriot Not Partisian, Milano wrote: "Sexual harassment and assault in the workplace are not just about Harvey Weinstein. We must change things in general. We must do better for women everywhere."
You can read through statements from victims by searching the #MeToo hashtag on Tiwtter.
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