Monday, 20 November, 2017

What is 'Me too' on Facebook & Twitter and why is it trending?

From left to right Rose McGowan Harvey Weinstein and Alyssa Milano. The words “me too” have now become an awakening call and is trending on social media after women were asked to share if they had ever been sexually assaulted or harassed How 'MeToo' hashtag on social media is revealing the scale of sexual abuse
Elaine Woods | 17 October, 2017, 00:25

Women posted the phrase at the urging of actress Alyssa Milano, who on Sunday suggested that women write "me too" if they'd been the victim of sexual harassment or sexual assault.

It's because both women and men who have been sexually assaulted or harassed are posting the two words on social media to show how widespread the problem is. By 3 o'clock Monday morning, nearly 200,000 metoo tweets were published by Twitter's count.

Debra Messing, star of Will and Grace, Anna Paquin, the Oscar-winning actress from New Zealand, and Labour MP Stella Creasy are among those who have spoken out using the hashtag. "Hours after seeing the enormous "Me too" Tweets, Twitter appeared with a message in support of all those women who raised their voices against sexual predators". Most accounts were personal and painful, some going back to childhood memories and some accounts of sexual harrassment at workplaces.

Eden Lane, who can be seen in People, on CNN and on Colorado Public Television, is the most notable Coloradan to share her story.

The MeToo Twitter campaign was at least the second of its kind since decades of sexual abuse allegations emerged against film producer Harvey Weinstein.

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Milano called the Weinstein allegations "disturbing" in an essay last week, but added that she had been reluctant to comment publicly because of her friendship with Weinstein's wife, Georgina Chapman.

Just over a year ago, a similar response, under the hashtag NotOkay, followed a leaked 2005 "Access Hollywood" video in which Donald Trump boasted about kissing and groping women.

"I feel disgusted and sad", Ed Krassenstein wrote.

To all the women sharing stories of sexual assault and sexual harassment, thank you for your bravery to speak up. "I'm here#MeToo", Amy Christensen said in her post. "We must do better for women everywhere".

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