Women around the world have been posting the message '#me too' on their social media outlets in an effort to raise awareness of sexual assault.
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
Milano spoke out against Weinstein on her website, Patriot not Partisan, on Oct. 9, four days after the New York Times story was published.
This idea was originally that of feminist activist Tarana Burke, but it was Milano's post that garnered a lot of attention worldwide.
Women in the film industry that responded included Will and Grace star Debra Messing, X-Men star Anna Paquin, Gabrielle Union, Lady Gaga, Westworld actress Evan Rachel Wood, Insecure actress Natasha Rothwell, Rosario Dawson and One Tree Hill actress Sophia Bush.
— Anie Hart (@AnieSHart) October 17, 2017
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) October 15, 2017
Me too https://t.co/ScX67Kmmiy
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) October 15, 2017
Irish author Louise O'Neill has shown her support for the movement in an Instagram post:
I’ve been a little wary about #MeToo because it feels like it’s asking women, once again, to share our most traumatizing experiences in order to convince the world that our humanity deserves to be respected too. But...it’s still important, despite my reservations. The #MeToo movement shows how devastatingly common sexual assault and harassment is. I don’t know any woman who hasn’t experienced it to some degree, whether it’s been followed home late at night, being groped in a bar, getting screamed at on the streets, or someone simply not believing that your “no, no, I don’t want to” was worthy of being heard. It’s everywhere and it’s happening to every woman in some capacity, regardless of age, race, religion. It doesn’t matter how attractive or ‘unattractive’ she is deemed to be, or what she was wearing. Rape has nothing to do with sex. It is about power. It is about dominance. It’s about taking what you want from another person without their consent, simply because you can. #MeToo
The sheer number of people that have been posting the message on social media shows that the harassment of women is a big problem in today's society.