Sexual assault has gotten alarmingly common.
The only difference is, people are learning to speak up now. Following the Harvey Weinstein incident, singer/actor Alyssa Milano tweeted something that went viral so fast; it took everyone by surprise.
This was her tweet:
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
#MeToo started trending, and the response was almost unbelievable!
The post was retweeted 9000 times and received 27,000 comments. The tweet received a very heartbreaking response.
There were lists.
— ~ Ramya ~ (@ideasmithy) October 16, 2017
Hairdressers thinking they have the right to touch you without your consent.
when getting a haircut in Bombay, male hairdresser gave me neck massage which ended with his hands on my breasts. utter shock. #MeToo
— Dr Reena Aggarwal (@drraggarwal) October 16, 2017
People threaten you with rape on the smallest of things.
I’ve been threatened with rape, the most brutal methods of murder you can imagine, targeted & harassed because of my political views #MeToo
— Lucid Hurricane ✘ (@LucidVictorious) October 16, 2017
It is rare to meet someone who hasn’t gone through this.
Yet to meet a person from my gender who has not suffered abuse/harassment/ being groped in their lives. We’re all survivors here. #MeToo
— Priyanka (@autumnrainwish) October 16, 2017
Fear of the legal system shutting you down.
The trial, being torn apart by his lawyer&being called a liar. That was more traumatic than the assault. I still regret reporting it #MeToo
— Indigypsy (@Chokomolin) October 16, 2017
Some people left notes for men.
For the good men of Twitter. All you have to do is listen. pic.twitter.com/d5tyFc0IFk
— Rituparna Chatterjee (@MasalaBai) October 16, 2017
Even some celebrities spoke up.
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) October 15, 2017
Because I was shamed and considered a “party girl” I felt I deserved it. I shouldnt have been there, I shouldn’t have been “bad” #metoo
— #EvanRachelWould (@evanrachelwood) October 16, 2017
And I was blamed for it.
I was told not to talk about it.
I was told that it wasn’t that bad.
I was told to get over it.
— Najwa Zebian (@najwazebian) October 16, 2017
People shared their stories.
I was raped when I was 14 and I’ve told no one about it because I’m a man and she’s a woman and no one would’ve taken me seriously. #MeToo
— Geisterwand (@Geisterwand) October 16, 2017
Men spoke up too, finally.
The Philippines has a hard time of accepting that males get sexually assaulted too. So, to everyone who needs to know. Yes, I was. #MeToo
— Adam (@neverbeadam) October 16, 2017
The tweet gave everyone a reality check.
I’m sad and astonished right now. The universality of this experience is unbelievable. #MeToo is a reality check.
— Jamie (@Schtickzinger) October 16, 2017
It’s crazy how many cases are out there. Check out the #MeToo hashtag.
— Harish Iyengaar (@scaryhairyman) October 16, 2017
Parents who advice kids to hide d truth fearing public judgment destroy the child’s life by forcing them to bury such a brutal pain#MeToo
— Dr Roshan R (@pythoroshan) October 16, 2017
Don’t say you have a mother, a sister, a daughter…
Say you have a father, a brother, a son who can do better.
We all can.#MeToo
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) October 16, 2017
You don’t have to speak about it if you don’t want to. There is nothing wrong in wanting privacy.
Also, not talking about a sexual assault isn’t a sign of weakness. Exercising your right to privacy is not a measure of your strength #MeToo
— Tara Stevenson🏳️🌈 (@tara_stevo) October 16, 2017