#MeToo Cam­paign Em­pow­ers Vic­tims of Sex­ual Ha­rass­ment to Speak Out

The Jewish Voice - - NATIONAL - By: An­drew Kop­kind

In the wake of sex­ual abuse al­le­ga­tions against Hol­ly­wood mogul Har­vey We­in­stein, tens of thou­sands of women are iden­ti­fy­ing them­selves as vic­tims of sex­ual ha­rass­ment or as­sault.

Women and some men shared their sto­ries on so­cial me­dia un­der the hash­tag #MeToo af­ter ac­tress Alyssa Mi­lano posted a mes­sage Sun­day on Twit­ter that said, "If you've been sex­u­ally ha­rassed or as­saulted write 'Me too' as a re­ply to this tweet, we might give peo­ple a sense of the mag­ni­tude of the prob­lem."

By mid-day Mon­day, the hash­tag had been retweeted more than a mil­lion times, a Twit­ter spokesman told Hol­ly­wood Re­porter. Among those who weighed in were Lady Gaga, Mon­ica Lewin­sky, Rosario Daw­son and Se­na­tor El­iz­a­beth War­ren.

"Be­ing raped once made it eas­ier to be raped again. I in­stinc­tu­ally shut down. My body re­mem­bered, so it pro­tected me. I dis­ap­peared. #metoo,'' ac­tress Evan Rachel Wood wrote as part of a se­ries of tweets on her ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mi­lano called the We­in­stein al­le­ga­tions "dis­turb­ing" in an es-

say last week, but added that she had been re­luc­tant to com­ment pub­licly be­cause of her friend­ship with We­in­stein's wife, Ge­orgina Chap­man.

"I am con­stantly part of this con­ver­sa­tion even if I don't pub­licly com­ment on spe­cific scan­dals," she wrote. "Sex­ual ha­rass­ment and as­sault in the work­place are not just about Har­vey We­in­stein. We must change things in gen­eral. We must do bet­ter for women ev­ery­where."

Hamil­ton star Javier Munoz tweeted, "Me too. I don't know if it means any­thing com­ing from a gay man but it's hap­pened. Mul­ti­ple times."

Mi­lano's for­mer co-star on TV's Charmed, Rose McGowan, tweeted in sup­port of the cam­paign. McGowan had her Twit­ter ac­count sus­pended af­ter she ac­cused We­in­stein of rap­ing her. McGowan's ac­count was re­in­stated af­ter the hash­tag #WomenBoy­cottTwit­ter be­gan trend­ing.

A sim­i­lar so­cial me­dia cam­paign is play­ing out on In­sta­gram among models who are shar­ing sto­ries of abuse and ha­rass­ment in the fash­ion in­dus­try.

Model Cameron Rus­sell put out a post four days ago of­fer­ing help to models and has been del­uged with re­sponses.

That ef­fort has launched the hash­tag #MyJobShouldNotIn­cludeAbuse.

Early last week, We­in­stein was fired by the board of his pro­duc­tion com­pany, the We­in­stein Co., fol­low­ing an ex­plo­sive New York Times re­port just days ear­lier, in which 13 women ac­cused him of sex­u­ally ha­rass­ing or as­sault­ing them.

In an­other re­port in The New Yorker, three women ac­cused We­in­stein of rap­ing them

Women and some men shared their sto­ries on so­cial me­dia un­der the hash­tag #MeToo af­ter ac­tress Alyssa Mi­lano posted a mes­sage Sun­day on Twit­ter that said, "If you've been sex­u­ally ha­rassed or as­saulted write 'Me too' as a re­ply to this tweet, we might give peo­ple a sense of the mag­ni­tude of the prob­lem."

By mid-day Mon­day, the hash­tag had been retweeted more than a mil­lion times, a Twit­ter spokesman told Hol­ly­wood Re­porter. Among those who weighed in were Lady Gaga, Mon­ica Lewin­sky, Rosario Daw­son and Se­na­tor El­iz­a­beth War­ren.

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