A hashtag highlighting sexual harassment or assault victims in a sign of solidarity went viral after actress Alyssa Milano tweeted the concept on Sunday evening. 

Since Monday morning, the hashtag “#MeToo” has trended across multiple social media platforms, bringing attention to the sheer number of women that have been sexually oppressed in some way or another.

“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,” Milano wrote on Twitter.

The hashtag has grown not just to people of the female sex, but men have also chimed in with support or because of their own experienced suppression.

Twitter user Brad “Scary” told the Post he used the hashtag to stand in solidarity with those oppressed, and to stand against those who say that sexual oppression stories are “exaggerated or false.”

“I didn’t think it could ever happen, but it did.”

Emily Cameron said on Twitter that she was sexually assaulted on three separate occasions, explaining she thought it was her fault at the time because she was drinking, knew the oppressors and was “unable to say no.”

Cameron told The Post that the hashtag is important to her because it “brings awareness to the amount of people who identify with this and makes you feel less alone [seeing] others struggle [with] something similar.”

Reese Witherspoon revealed she was assaulted by a director at the young age of 16.

During Monday’s Elle’s Women in Hollywood event, the Oscar winner opened up on her experience with sexual oppression in the movie industry while a teenager.

“I wish I could tell you that was an isolated incident in my career, but sadly it wasn’t,” she said.

This comes as Harvey Weinstein is cut off from his namesake company for multiple allegations of sexual assault following a New York Times story that detailed decades of accusations.

The NYT report says Weinstein forced women to massage him and advanced their careers in return for sexual favours.

Despite actresses Rose McGowen and Ashley Judd coming forward, Weinstein has “unequivocally denied” any allegations of non-consensual sex.

One of the responses to Alyssa Milano’s original post said that it was “heartbreaking” to see the many “#MeToo” hashtags, but wrote it was “inspiring to see we’re not going to be silenced anymore.”


More details to follow. Image 1 of Alyssa Milano arriving at the Weinstein Company and Netflix 2017 Golden Globes after party on Jan. 8, 2017 from Christine Chew/UPI.

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Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a journalism student at the University of Guelph-Humber and a senior correspondent for multiple independent publications including, but not limited to, The Anon Journal, Berning Media Network and the Ribbon. Find out more at eliridder.ca

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