Lili Reinhart, Anna Paquin & More Tweet #MeToo To Raise Awareness Of Sexual Assault
16 October 2017, 11:11
Thousands of social media users shared their experiences in a bid to raise awareness and help others in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations.
Some readers may find details of this story upsetting.
In the wake of the explosive Harvey Weinstein sexual assault and harassment allegations that broke last week, women have been sharing their stories online using the hashtag 'Me Too'.
The actress Alyssa Milano launched the idea on Sunday (October 15th) in a bid to raise awareness about the issue and show the world just how prevelant and commonplace harassment has become:
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
Soon, the hashtag became a trending topic on Twitter with high profile actresses, musicians as well as women and men from all walks of life sharing their experiences, including Riverdale's Lili Reinhart and Will and Grace star Debra Messing. Over 30,000 people have used the hashtag so far.
Here are just a few of the many messages posted so far under the 'Me Too' hashtag:
October 16, 2017
okay ugh hi i was sexually assaulted by a longtime friend in august. i had been broken up with the day before. i was in pain. he knew #metoo— hari nef (@harinef) October 16, 2017
On behalf of my beloved Nana, who sadly is no longer with us, may I add #MeToo.— (@markhoppus) October 16, 2017
Me too https://t.co/ScX67Kmmiy— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) October 15, 2017
Me too. I don’t know if means anything coming from a gay man but it’s happened. Multiple times.— Javier Muñoz (@JMunozActor) October 15, 2017
When it comes to the #MeToo movement, I see men wondering what they can “do to help.” This is my list.— Nathan Thompson (@natepthomps) October 16, 2017
1. Be quiet.
4. Lead/teach young men by example.
5. Stand up to friends and family who act in an abusive manner.
6. Stand behind women, not in front.
This isn't about gaining sympathy, we want people to realize the magnitude of sexual assault. It shouldn't be as common as it it. #metoo— Enjoly (@enjolyyt) October 16, 2017
#MeToo— Najwa Zebian (@najwazebian) October 16, 2017
And I was blamed for it.
I was told not to talk about it.
I was told that it wasn't that bad.
I was told to get over it.
To everyone who's posted a #MeToo tweet I want you to know I think you're incredibly courageous, it's not your fault and I believe you.— Samuel Brown (@samueljohnbrown) October 16, 2017
No, the girl wasn’t slutty— Swift Space (@theswiftspace) October 16, 2017
No, the skirt wasn’t provocative
No, the girl wasn’t flirting
The Girl wasn’t the problem, society is#MeToo
Sometimes the most important thing to do is listen. This is one of those times. #MeToo— Paul Scheer (@paulscheer) October 16, 2017
there is help and hope in even just having words to describe what you are feeling. I hope this reaches whoever needs it. #ptsd #metoo— #EvanRachelWould (@evanrachelwood) October 16, 2017
If #MeToo is “making you uncomfortable”, you’re the one it’s meant to reach. Silencing sexual assault victims doesn’t make it any less real.— delia brennan (@dbrennan577) October 16, 2017