#MeToo: Alyssa Milano Inspires Thousands To Share Stories of Sexual Assault
With one tweet, Alyssa Milano has sparked an important dialogue about sexual assault and harassment, and tens of thousands of Twitter users — celebrities like Lady Gaga and Sarah Hyland among them — have come forward with stories.
After having a conversation a friend, the former Charmed star used Twitter Sunday (Oct. 15) to encourage women to write “me too” if they had ever been sexually assaulted or harassed.
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
Milano’s request came at an important moment, considering the fallout from the allegations of sexual impropriety that have been — and continue to be — leveled at Harvey Weinstein.
What followed is a movement that has swept up the Internet. The hashtag #metoo began trending, and was tweeted nearly half a million times in 24 hours. Musicians, actors and celebrities like Hilarie Burton (who recently detailed a 14-year-old encounter with Ben Affleck), Debra Messing and Milano’s Charmed co-star Rose McGowan, who has tried to speak up about being raped by Weinstein (and whose Twitter account was suspended for her comments), joined the masses to stand in solidarity with fellow women.
“My hope is people will get the idea of the magnitude, of just how many people have been affected by this in the world, in our lifetimes, in this country,” Milano told the Associated Press. “The most important thing that it did was to shift the conversation away from the predator and to the victim.”
Take a look below at the celebrities who’ve joined the #MeToo chorus by sharing on social media.
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) October 15, 2017
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 16, 2017
— Rosario Dawson (@rosariodawson) October 16, 2017
Because I was shamed and considered a "party girl" I felt I deserved it. I shouldnt have been there, I shouldn't have been "bad" #metoo
— #EvanRachelWould (@evanrachelwood) October 16, 2017
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 15, 2017
Me too https://t.co/ScX67Kmmiy
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) October 15, 2017
— Anna Paquin (@AnnaPaquin) October 15, 2017
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) October 15, 2017
Me, too #MeToo
— Anika Noni Rose (@AnikaNoniRose) October 15, 2017
#metoo A manager on my first big tour as a backup singer. When I went to a lawyer he told me to suck it up bc the guy could do a lot for me.
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) October 16, 2017
You are not alone. #MeToo
— Sarah Hyland (@Sarah_Hyland) October 16, 2017
It's funny. I just figured it goes without saying. #MeToo
— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) October 16, 2017
— Lea Thompson (@LeaKThompson) October 15, 2017
— Monica Lewinsky (@MonicaLewinsky) October 16, 2017
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