#MeToo Movement

Following the dozens of sexual assault accusations by Harvey Weinstein, the actress, activist, and producer Alyssa Milano tweeted a call Sunday (Oct. 15) to survivors to use the hashtag #MeToo after seeing a friend post the idea on Facebook. So far, the campaign has created a flood of response across social media, a powerful rallying cry for victims of harassment and sexual assault.

However, this campaign isn’t actually new..  It was created over 10 years ago, by activist Tarana Burke. She initially launched “Me Too” as a grassroots movement to provide “empowerment through empathy” to survivors of sexual abuse, assault, exploitation, and harassment in underprivileged communities who typically don’t have access to rape crisis centers or counselors. 

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