Following numerous allegations of sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood around producer Harvey Weinstein, actress Alyssa Milano took to Twitter to create a hashtag of solidarity. “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,” shared Milano on Sunday, per The Washington Post. More than 200,000 tweets followed.
"It’s NEVER the victims fault. What someone wears should not be a reason to sexually abuse/assault or rape someone," shared one user.
"To all the women sharing stories of sexual assault and sexual harassment, thank you for your bravery to speak up. You are not alone," added the Women's March handle.
"This is how change happens, one brave voice at a time," tweeted the ACLU handle.
Victims—women and men— of sexual abuse, rape and harassment shared their stories with the hashtag. Others shared their support and solidarity.
Twitter has been a vocal platform as the allegations against Weinstein continue to add up. On October 5, the New York Times reported decades of sexual harassment against the Hollywood mogul. The next day, the New Yorker added more allegations, including rape, against The Weinstein Company co-founder. As actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie and supermodel Cara Delevigne added their stories of harassment with the producer, others took to Twitter to share their own incidents with sexual harassment in the workplace with the hashtag #MyHarveyWeinstein.
Actress Rose McGowan, who alleged Weinstein raped her, was suspended from Twitter temporarily. On October 13, several women and men stood behind McGowan by abstaining from Twitter with the hashtag #ADayWithoutWomen. Model Chrissy Teigen showed fans how she was boycotting Twitter by turning off all notifications.
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