Harassed women in #metoo campaign

Tens of thousands of women are recounting being sexually harassed or assaulted by flooding social media with the hashtag #metoo in the wake of claims against movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

  • Published 17.10.17
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New York (Reuters): Tens of thousands of women are recounting being sexually harassed or assaulted by flooding social media with the hashtag #metoo in the wake of claims against movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

Their stories of being verbally abused, groped, molested and raped by bosses, teachers and family come after American actress Alyssa Milano called on Twitter users on Sunday to post "Me too" to share their experiences of being harassed or worse.

Women - and men - quickly responded on Twitter and Facebook. Many wrote that they had never known a woman who had not been sexually harassed or assaulted.

"Lived a life in a world where it was expected, grew thinking I deserved it," wrote another. "Couldn't begin to count the # times or men-far too many."

Many on Twitter and Facebook simply wrote "Me Too," including actresses Anna Paquin, Patricia Arquette, Debra Messing and Anika Noni Rose and singer Lady Gaga.

"Me too. I don't know if means anything coming from a gay man but it's happened. Multiple times," tweeted Broadway actor Javier Munoz.

Weinstein's accusers include actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who told The New York Times that she was sexually harassed by Weinstein more than 20 years ago, and actress and director Angelina Jolie, who told the Times she "had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth and as a result chose never to work with him again".

On social media, some questioned the utility of the "Me Too" campaign, pointing out earlier efforts such as a #YesAllWomen crusade against sexual violence and harassment.

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