The Me Too hashtag has been tweeted over half a million times and shared on Facebook 4.7 million times since being initiated by actress Alyssa Milano on October 15th. The hashtag is meant to show people that the problem with sexual assault and harassment is much larger than many imagine. Check out your Facebook or Twitter pages: you may have more than a few friends who are sharing #metoo and their stories.
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
”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,” wrote the actress, who starred on Charmed with Rose McGowan, one of the numerous women who recently accused producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault.
Thousands flooded Twitter with their stories and support, including numerous celebrities. “Because I was shamed and considered a ‘party girl’ I felt I deserved it,” wrote Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood. “I shouldnt have been there, I shouldn’t have been ‘bad’ #metoo.” Lady Gaga, Debra Messing, Rosario Dawson, Anika Noni Rose and Anna Paquin all simply responded to Milano’s tweet with, “Me too.”
Hamilton actor Javier Muñoz also tweeted “me too,” sharing that he was a victim of sexual assault or harassment “multiple times.”
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
By Monday afternoon, more than 500,000 #MeToo tweets were published by Twitter’s count. In response, many supporters tweeted #IBelieveYou, which was also a trending topic Monday morning. “The aim isn’t sympathy,” writes Seattle Times journalist Nicole Brodeur; “women want the abuse to be acknowledged and to stop. And it’s not just women: Some from transgender women, some from gender-nonconforming people. Some from men.”
Unfortunately, women often have to pay the price for enlightenment by sharing their personal trauma and revealing private information and stories. All to get a point across. Brodeur says for her, there was “just no point in bringing up something that, for women, felt as inevitable as menstrual cramps. Nothing to do but endure, accept that it would happen again — and be a lady about it.”