These two words “me too” became an action to stand against the sexual harassment and assault.
Mostly women tagged their profiles to point that they were sexually harassed. The social media flooded with their messages.
A vast number of sexual assault and harassment victims are sharing their personal stories online. Women shared their deep intimate experience of harassment. This created an image of how many people are victimized by sexual abuse and harassment every day.
Actress Alyssa Milano tweeted that if all the sexually harassed women wrote “Me too” as a status then it might give people the sense of the importance of the problem.
She also added that if anybody has been sexually harassed then they can reply to her tweet using ‘#MeToo.’
This movement started in response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal and revelations that followed it. Several women in the showbiz accused the Hollywood movie producer of sexual misconduct which was a disgrace for him.
Weinstein was thrown out of his membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science. He was fired from his own company, The Weinstein Company, and his wife divorced him.
After Milano posted the message, many women shared their experience using “Me too”.
Not only women, men also joined their voices.
The trend also started getting carried on Facebook and French women did similar things by posting their experiences about the sexual harassment at work using the hashtag “ balancetonporc” or “ sequel on your pig”.
The president of the women’s advocacy nonprofit group, The New Agenda, Amy Siskins, said hashtag “ me too” has become popular as an extension of her campaign #WomenWhoRoar.
Milano shared the screen with McGowan on the show “ Charmed”. Weinstein was accused by McGown for raping her.
McGowan has become an online critic on both Weinstein and Hollywood’s culture of degrading women. She is friends with Weinstein’s divorced wife, Georgina Chapman, with whom she worked on “Project Runway All Stars.”
Milano wrote an essay about Weinstein which apparently was “complicated” for her “personal reasons” for PatriotaNotPartisan.com.
Milano is passionate about women’s rights. She wrote that sexual harassment and assault at the workplace is not rare, it is general. We must change things and make the world a better place for women to live.
One in every six women has faced rape every 98 seconds in America.
On Twitter, #MeToo has been twitted for more than a half million times already.
Victims sharing their personal stories can help other victims to understand that “it is not their fault” and there is always a way to turn things around and recover from the dark phase. This will also help victims not to feel alone and feel the depth of the problem. But the reality is nothing will change actually if the mentality of men will remain same.