#MeToo Exposes the Frightening Scale of Sexual Harassment

Using the hashtag #MeToo, women have been posting messages on social media to tell their stories and show how commonplace sexual assault and harassment are.

The hashtag has become trending with a frightening number of women sharing  their experiences as victims of sexual assault.

Since The New York Times published an investigative report on Oct. 5 unveiling decades of sexual harassment allegations against the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, social media has provided a galvanizing platform for women to discuss their experiences.

The #MeToo story began  on Sunday, when the actress Alyssa Milano posted a screenshot outlining the idea and writing “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.”

Tens of thousands of people replied to the message. Some just wrote “me too,” while many others described their personal experiences of harassment or assault.

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