Launched on Sunday by actress Alyssa Milano, netizens jumped on the latest social media campaign, #MeToo, to show the magnitude that sexual harassment and assault can reach in today’s day and age.
The campaign was simple — all social media users had to do was respond to Milano’s tweet with “Me too” to indicate that they too were abused. The post, a “suggestion from a friend,” also directed users to set their social media status as “me too.”
Since Sunday, Milano’s tweet has gained more than 57,000 responses.
Regardless of one’s gender or sexual orientation, responses were shared from all sides of the spectrum.
Milano’s move comes days after the New York Times and the New Yorker published an expose on sexual advances Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein made on aspiring actresses — and several actors — throughout the years. Dozens of victims have come forward since the articles were published October 5 and October 10, respectively.
But the US wasn’t the only participant in the campaign. In France, a similar initiative was launched by journalist Sandra Muller over the weekend.
Muller set off the #balancetonporc (expose the pig) hashtag after recalling an incident when a former boss referred to her as “my type of woman” before making remarks about her breasts, the International Business Times reported.