The two words that you see every other woman posting on Twitter and Facebook are significant to so much more than “Me Too”. The two simple words are part of a worldwide trend to raise awareness about the scope of the problem of sexual harassment and assault.
Women who have been harassed or assaulted are tweeting, or posting on Facebook the two words – ‘MeToo’ to try to show how widespread such abuse really is.
Actor Alyssa Milano launched the trend Sunday afternoon, when she tweeted that a friend had suggested that women who had been assaulted or harassed write the words as their status, to highlight the “magnitude of the problem.”
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
More than 40 women have come forward in the last two weeks, to say they were harassed or assaulted along with reasons to it. With many of the women claiming they stayed quiet because they didn’t expect anyone to believe them.
Within hours of Milano’s tweet, more than 34,000 women — and several men — had replied to the tweet. The hashtag #MeToo had become a worldwide top trend on Twitter, with thousands of others posting the same message on Facebook and Instagram as well.
Actors Anna Paquin, Debra Messing and Laura Dreyfuss were among the first high-profile actors to reply with a “Me Too” of their own.
Actor Javier Muñoz, best known for his role in the Broadway musical “Hamilton”, wrote: “Me too. I don’t know if means anything coming from a gay man but it’s happened. 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
To all the women sharing stories of sexual assault and sexual harassment, thank you for your bravery to speak up. You are not alone. #MeToo
— Women's March (@womensmarch) October 15, 2017