If we’ve learned anything positive from Weinstein-Gate, it’s that there is power in speaking out against sexual assault and harassment. It’s also taught us that assault and harassment is pervasive inside and outside of Hollywood.
In the aftermath of the exposes on Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual violence toward women, actress Alyssa Milano, who starred on the TV show Charmed alongside Rose McGowan, asked that people speak out about their own experiences of abuse with the hashtag #MeToo.
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
Immediately, stories or reposts of the hashtag flowed onto social media that included posts from stars like Anna Paquin, Rosario Dawson, Javier Muñoz and Debra Messing. Across Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, thousands joined the movement, shedding light on how pervasive sexual harassment and assault are for both women and men.
While conversation has largely focused on the women who’ve been sexually assaulted, actors like Terry Crews and James Van Der Beek have come out and talked about being sexually assaulted or harassed and, while still underreported, the hashtag has helped shed a light on the pervasiveness of the problem within the gay community.
Below are a collection of tweets and stories from the hashtag.
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
— Anna Paquin (@AnnaPaquin) October 15, 2017
Me too https://t.co/ScX67Kmmiy
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) October 15, 2017
— Rosario Dawson (@rosariodawson) October 16, 2017
Im not a woman but "me too" when I was a kid. I was just told its par for the course in the coal region& 2accept it. So many pigs on the DL.
— Gare-Bear (@Pincho73) October 15, 2017
Bc I thought ppl wld blame me or my sense of humor (which they DID, btw) it was scary°rading to speak out re: harassment at work. #MeToo
— jenny slate (@jennyslate) October 16, 2017