Alyssa Milano's #MeToo tweet on sexual harassment gets thousands of replies

Alyssa Milano's #MeToo tweet on sexual harassment gets thousands of replies

Women are writing #MeToo on their social media accounts.

The well-known Winnipeg actor and playwright is also a rape and assault survivor. Strength to share our stories and feel supported by women and men who can say "me too".

The social media rallying cry comes in the wake of numerous allegations of sexual misconduct by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

She added: "What's happening now is powerful, and I salute it and the women who have disclosed, but the power of using "me too" has always been in the fact that it can be a conversation starter or the whole conversation-but it was us talking to us". Similarly, an Australian Twitter user started the #HowIWillChange campaign which wanted men to come out and take a step towards bringing a change.

Lhiannon Collins, a Mansfield senior who's trying to start her own awareness initiative on domestic and sexual violence at Mansfield High School, was one in the sea of many.

"And we kept on asking them to leave us alone, and they wouldn't do it, my friend Beth had to pull out a taser", Liz Schindler recalled of an incident in the French Quarter.

Women of all ages, races, sexual orientations and nationalities have heeded the call, sharing their experiences on social media with sexual harassment and sexual assault. I was horrified by her words, the emotions welling inside of me ran the gamut, and I listened until I literally could not take it anymore...which turned out to be less than 5 minutes.


"Journalist Rabia Mehmood expressed similar views in her contribution to the online movement: "#MeToo.

Social media has provided a way for women to take these crimes out of the closet and out of the shadow, said Shannon Sampert, an associate professor of political science at University of Winnipeg who studies media and women.

A Twitter campaign created to unite victims of sexual harassment or sexual assault has gone global. Several pointed out that men can be victims of sexual violence too, though at a statistically lower rate than women. "There is no response from men saying, "I will stop this" and that's what is really worrisome from me".

But the distance doesn't prevent survivor Libby Heflin from saying "me too" - I am a survivor of sexual assault.

She also encourages letting those who do post the hashtag know that you're there for them. The case played out on television each night and was the focus of a lot of conversations around the world, Sampert said.

She points her finger to the White House as a reason sexual harassment is so pervasive.

"I'm completely cynical about this, this is the flavour of the day, people will pay attention and then society will go back to what it's comfortable with - patriarchy", she said.

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