How 'MeToo' hashtag on social media is revealing the scale of sexual abuse

Posted at 8:55 AM, Oct 16, 2017

A tidal wave of #MeToo hashtags have taken over social media as women and men affected by sexual assault try to show the issue's magnitude.

The movement started as a response to the more than two dozen women who have accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of rape and sexual assault.

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On Sunday, actress Alyssa Milano tweeted a note that read, "Suggested by a friend: If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote "Me too" as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem."

A number of singers, actors and actresses including Debra Messing, Lady Gaga and Evan Rachel Wood have added their support.

"Because I was shamed and considered a 'party girl' I felt I deserved it. I shouldnt have been there, I shouldn't have been "bad" #metoo," Wood wrote on Twitter.

Men like singer and actor Javier Munoz of Broadway's "Hamilton" have also voiced support for the movement.