People are using the hashtag “#MeToo” on Twitter on Facebook to raise awareness about sexual assault and harassment. A post shared by actress Alyssa Milano explains that if people who have been sexually assaulted or harassed tweet “me too,” it might “give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”
In light of the Harvey Weinstein allegations, the words are being used to show people just how widespread sexual harassment and assault are
It is unclear who started the hashtag — which has been used almost 20,000 times — but many are replying to actress Alyssa Milano’s post explaining the purpose of “Me Too.”
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
Will and Grace star Debra Messing and Anna Paquin, the Oscar-winning actress from New Zealand, were among those to simply respond ‘me too.
— stellacreasy (@stellacreasy) October 15, 2017
By Monday morning, almost 30,000 #metoo tweets were published by Twitter’s count. The stories came pouring forth on Facebook as well with nearly 80,000 people said to be “talking about this” by the wee hours Monday. Many shared personal stories of their experiences.