#MeToo – a time­line

Laura’s ex­pe­ri­ence at Columbia was part of the gen­e­sis of women speak­ing out against sex­ual ha­rass­ment and abuse

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1997 Ash­ley Judd

Judd first spoke of sex­ual mis­con­duct in Hol­ly­wood af­ter a meet­ing with Har­vey We­in­stein when she al­leges he tried to pres­sure her to give and re­ceive mas­sages. Af­ter find­ing out it was an “open se­cret” in Hol­ly­wood, she be­gan warn­ing oth­ers against him. She went on record in 2017.

2006 Tarana Burke

The sex­ual-vi­o­lence sur­vivor was the first to use the “Me Too” phrase, en­cour­ag­ing those who’ve ex­pe­ri­enced abuse to speak out.

2014 Emma Sulkow­icz

A vis­ual arts stu­dent at Columbia, they (Emma’s pre­ferred pro­noun) gained no­to­ri­ety by car­ry­ing a dorm mat­tress around cam­pus, high­light­ing the bur­den rape vic­tims feel.

2016 Kelly Ox­ford

Fol­low­ing Pres­i­dent Trump’s con­tro­ver­sial “grab­bing women” tape, the writer asked her Twit­ter fol­low­ers to share their sto­ries, fol­lowed by #NotOkay. The next day she’d had 9.7m re­sponses.

2017 Har­vey We­in­stein

The New York Times pub­lished a damn­ing re­port with decades’ worth of al­le­ga­tions, as scores of women told their sto­ries.

2017 Alyssa Mi­lano

The ac­tress sug­gested that any­one who’d ex­pe­ri­enced sex­ual ha­rass­ment should tweet #MeToo. Within days, the hash­tag had been used over 12 mil­lion times.

2018 Har­vey We­in­stein

The mogul is ar­rested and charged with rape, a crim­i­nal sex act, sex abuse and sex­ual mis­con­duct. He pleads not guilty.

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