Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Alyssa Milano's 'me too' hashtag sets social media alight

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Edmund Wade | 17 October, 2017, 00:24

According to Twitter, the hashtag has already been used more than 200,000 times.

Milano's tweet, which arose from an idea of a friend who thought it would be an effective way to shed light on sexual harassment and assault, also drew responses from several celebrities including Anna Paquin, Lady Gaga and Gabrielle Union, Elle noted. #YesAllWomen, #WhyIStayed, #YouOKSis and #EverdaySexism are just a few hashtags that ask women to share their experiences of sexual harassment, assault and other forms of sexual violence.

Amy Siskind, president of the women's advocacy nonprofit group The New Agenda, told Bustle #MeToo became popular as an extension of her campaign #WomenWhoRoar, which was a call not to boycott Twitter after it temporarily blocked Rose McGowan.

Milano is friends with Weinstein's wife Georgina Chapman who announced she was leaving the film mogul after 10 years of marriage. She also notes that, according to Statistics Canada's crime victimization survey, an estimated 460,000 Canadian women were victims of sexual assault in 2004.

Since then, women on social media, and some men have tweeted about the sexual harassment they faced.

Others noted that many survivors may not be ready to share their stories ― and said that's OK, too.

"I feel disgusted and sad", Ed Krassenstein wrote. I realize that while I've not been sexually assaulted I have been sexually harassed (many times before.) Sadly that's the case with most women at some point in their lives right?. "You've given me the courage to finally speak out and not be afraid".

Twitter said it banned the actress because she tweeted a private phone number, violating its service terms. Alyssa Milano was the first to respond to his own tweet with #MeToo.

Milano spoke out against Weinstein on her website, Patriot not Partisan, on October 9, four days after the New York Times story was published. "Men who undermine women and their strength, ability and intelligence exist everywhere".

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