The recent sexual assault allegations against Hollywood juggernaut Harvey Weinstein has reignited an internet movement to end the shame associated with sexual violence.
#MeToo has taken over the social media sphere, with many men and women utilizing the trending hashtag to show solidarity with the victims of sexual assault while bravely voicing their own experiences. #MeToo is the brainchild of blogger and advocate Tarana Burke. Started over ten years ago, Burke created the hashtag as a means to create “empowerment through empathy.”
The movement went mainstream when Alyssa Milano used the hashtag Sunday afternoon to illuminate the scope of the problem:
Since her original tweet, the message has been retweeted thousands of times and grabbed the attention of many Hollywood women including Anika Noni Rose, Lady Gaga, and Gabrielle Union.
We previously reported, to date, more than 30 women including Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd and Rose McGowen have come forward to say they were either sexually harassed and/or raped by Weinstein.