Eleven thousand retweets in just 12 hours – that is what happens when activism and social media come together.
In the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault episode, the hashtag #MeToo became the number one trend on Twitter within half a day.
American actress and activist Alyssa Milano late on Sunday started a campaign nudging women on Twitter to share with the world if they have ever been sexually assaulted, by simply writing Me Too in their status.
Soon a flood of likes, retweets and posts followed, with thousands of women — and many men — either just writing Me Too on Twitter or using the hashtag #MeToo while sharing their perspective on the matter.
Most women participating in the campaign seemed thoroughly impressed by it, while a few also voiced concerns over having to share personal stories in order to avoid harassment.
Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has come under fire from all quarters after several actresses who worked with him recently came out with stories of having been sexually assaulted or harassed by him.
Woody Allen called the Oscar-winning producer a sad, sick man and French President Emanuel Macron has stated that he will do his best to strip Weinstein of the Legion of Honour, the highest merit awarded by France, which the filmmaker had received in 2012 from then president Nicholas Sarkozy.
Here’s a string of hand-picked tweets from the campaign:
If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/k2oeCiUf9n
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017
Men: take time to read #MeToo stories. Listen, and believe.
If you dismiss them as “liberal ❄️ tears,” you are part of the problem.
— Matt (@nosoupforgeorge) October 16, 2017
Isn’t it sad that most women have multiple stories about sexual assault?
No wonder we all keep believing it’s our fault.#MeToo
— Rebel Girl A (@thatrebelgirl8) October 16, 2017
To everyone who’s posted a #MeToo tweet I want you to know I think you’re incredibly courageous, it’s not your fault and I believe you.
— Samuel Brown (@samueljohnbrown) October 16, 2017
#MeToo understand that after the assault, the attacker goes on to live a normal life while the victim deals with years of PTSD
— سحر (@seeharr_) October 16, 2017
Statistics for sexual assault and harassment are low because people don’t report it. It happens more than we know. #MeToo
— char ? (@chrmilla) October 16, 2017
It can happen to anybody.
Men. People of colour. People in the LGBT+ community. The homeless.
It should happen to nobody.#MeToo
— Jessica Letts (@4MagikarpetRide) October 16, 2017
You feel alone. Trust me, you are not. The hardest thing is to reach out for help. You should never suffer alone. #MeToo
— Malekosmom (@malekosmom) October 16, 2017
When you are sexually assaulted or harassed, it is so easy to be made to feel like it was not what you experienced. It was. #MeToo
— Katie Hubbard (@Khubbard991) October 16, 2017
— ? (@zzzblei) October 16, 2017
The thing about #metoo tag is I’m 100% positive my male followers have no clue how many times every woman in their lives has been assaulted
— Jenna Fabulous (@jennafabulous) October 16, 2017
I feel uncomfortable just posting that it’s happened to #MeToo how twisted is that?
— Heather Reed (@heatherdsreed) October 16, 2017
No means no. “How did you say it?” It doesn’t matter how it was said. Don’t downplay what you don’t know. #MeToo
— Christina Nguyen (@sarcasmisfun) October 16, 2017
A total stranger, an acquaintance, a trusted friend, your partner, your own family. Women aren’t able to trust anyone. #MeToo
— Andrea (@chaoscolours) October 16, 2017
Have you been labeled a ‘Nazi’ to dehumanize you so that abusing you will be justified by those who claim to be ‘progressive’? #MeToo.
— Lucid Hurricane ✘ (@LucidNightmarez) October 16, 2017
Women AND men are victims of sexual harassment and abuse. Teach your children to speak up. Teach them how to respect others. #meToo
— Gina ? (@MissGinaDarling) October 16, 2017
The fact that I have to out myself as a survivor for you to understand it’s a problem speaks magnitudes. #MeToo
— Shantelle (@shantelleduran) October 16, 2017
Not once. Not twice.
But so many times.
And by people I once loved. #MeToo
— Mahika Banerji (@MahikaBanerji) October 16, 2017
#MeToo I was molested by the older brother of a close friend.
And then I was bullied by that friend for reporting her brother.
— Abha Thapliyal (@abbyness1992) October 16, 2017
And literally everyone of my close female* friends or family. We all have stories, often locked away, buried.
— AcetyLeni (@Acetyleni) October 16, 2017
#metoo I was raped in the first month of my first year of college. I was too freaked and afraid to do anything about it.
— September Dresan (@SeptemberDresan) October 16, 2017
As a guy touched inappropriately by an older woman, no one wanted to know or hear me cry. Please keep this going for everyone! #MeToo
— HarmonizingMixer (@boymixharmony) October 16, 2017
— Fayth Brady (@king_lyd) October 16, 2017