The phrase “Me too” has been posted on social media platforms by thousands of people lately for one reason. Actor Alyssa Milano shared on her Twitter Sunday an idea that her friend had. If every person who has been sexually harassed or assaulted posted “Me too” on their Twitter or Facebook “we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”
Hours later the ‘Me too” tweets and Facebook posts started rolling in, thus showing that sexual assault is more common than what some people may believe. But now there is a light being shown on it and hopefully, things will start to change.
This idea was formed after the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault and harassment accusations came to light. Rose McGowan was one of the many women that Weinstein assaulted. Milano and McGowan were costars on Charmed.
Many media platforms reported on the subject like it’s an isolated incident and that sexual assault and harassment isn’t common. Since the accusations, many actors have spoken out how they have been assaulted in the film industry by people who aren’t Weinstein.
Many celebrities have tweeted out “Me too” along with Milano. It was trending on Twitter and doesn’t look like it’ll be slowing down anytime soon.
It’s important to note that these are the people who are choosing to share their sexual assault stories. Not everyone feels comfortable or able to share their story, so keep that in mind when you look at the number of people posting “Me too.”
Alyssa Milano didn’t start the #MeToo hashtag. Tarana Burke was the original founder of the hashtag. Her and Milano are friends and Milano shared the hashtags message after the Harvey Weinstein allegations.
The two of them are both featured in TIME Person of the Year 2017 Award.