Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Alyssa Milano instigates sexual harassment protest #MeToo online

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Freda Brock | 16 October, 2017, 14:37

Thousands of women from all over the world are taking to social media to reveal that they have been victims of sexual assault with #MeToo.

"We shouldn't have to out ourselves as survivors in order for people to grasp the magnitude of how systemic assault & harassment are", one tweet read.

Rose McGowan has already been leading a campaign on Twitter, and has suggested Weinstein raped her.

Anna Paquin, who has starred in multiple films of the X-Men franchise, Debra Messing of Will & Grace and Laura Dreyfuss, who starred in Glee were among the high-profile actors to tweet the words.

"If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write "me too" as a reply to this tweet", she wrote.

@MunozActor said: "Me too".

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Fire and Emergency personnel rushed to the spot and four of the bodies were taken out and shifted to hospital for postmortem. In the same area, an illegally constructed multi-storey building was demolished after it tilted to one side in August.

Celebrities and government officials were not the only women who joined the movement.

In solidarity, scores of women vowed to leave Twitter all day on Friday, and used the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter.

When another Twitter user said it was insane of her to admit it, she responded: "Not 'admitting" anything. After the backlash, Twitter lifted the suspension and said it would "be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future".

Another user, @BeSeriousUSA, replied: "Me too".

Milano spoke out against Weinstein on her website, Patriot not Partisan, on October 9, four days after the New York Times story was published. Politician Kim Weaver from Iowa, science writer Shanon Stirone, former Central Intelligence Agency operative Emily Brandwin and evangelist Beth Moore also tweeted #MeToo, as did Najwa Zebian, an author from Canada, and Meghna Pant, an author from India. "My father who was in a different auto dislocated the bastard's jaw with his bare hands later that night", she wrote on Facebook. "Please don't confuse my silence for anything other than respect for a dear friend and her handsome children". Men like Harvey Weinstein are around every corner. They want the Hollywood industry to change but want to make it more known that sexual harassment is a problem for women everywhere.

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