#MeToo campaign spreads across social media raising awareness

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"It has been fantastic watching all of the pushback against Harvey Weinstein and in support of his accusers over the last week". Earlier this month, a New York Times investigation revealed how Weinstein, one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, had, for over close to three decades and with total impunity, assaulted women in the industry. Several men tweeted to #MeToo with the hashtag #IHearYou to signify that they're here to listen to women's grievances with harassment. At this point, the number is more than eight million people on Facebook alone. In particular, today I have watched women on social media disclose their stories using the hashtag #metoo.

The objective of the UN Study was not to demonise men and I don't want to do that today.

In a blog post last week, Milano said she was "sickened and angered over the disturbing accusations" - but "ecstatic even - that it has opened up a dialogue around the continued sexual harassment, objectification and degradation of women".

She added, "Let's fix this problem".

Ebony notes that the "Me Too" movement, started 10 years ago by Burke, is particularly focused on women of color.

"Me Too" grew out of Burke's work with young girls. "It's about survivors and it's about what survivors need to be healthy and whole".

The "Me Too" phrase was initially credited to actress Alyssa Milano but on Tuesday she credited Burke as the creator and called her story "heartbreaking" and "inspiring".

"I think that there are a lot of gray lines", she said. Only by doing demonstrable good in our interpersonal lives, and openly, will men ever dismantle what we build - because even the world's most enlightened man can still resort to bad behavior at will, and you don't have to grab anyone by anything to be an asshole and a creep.

I stared at her breasts until she stopped yelling at me, adjusted the cardigan she was wearing, and walked away.

Under the #MeToo tag, the stories kept rolling in.

The phrase echoed throughout the Twittersphere, but sometimes, 140 characters - or in this case, just five- isn't enough to convey the lifelong problem women face when it comes to sexual harassment and assault.

It's great the movement has taken off and we're talking about the issue. "Its kind of taboo, and that has made it so people who have gone through it feel like they can't share their story because you aren't supposed to talk about it". Sadly, many women and girls go through life thinking that their abuse, assault or harassment is normal. For this, I apologise unreservedly and will try to be more sensitive. "I've been assaulted but this wasn't because I was an actress". It should not be incumbent upon women, fictional or otherwise, to be stronger, and prove they deserve respect, as if strength, conceived of (rightly or wrongly) as inherently masculine, is the only quality deserving respect. The news coincided with McGowan's accusation that she told Price about her history with Weinstein and that he was dismissive of her claims. Then, to my total shock, some men took to social media to express how they've wrongfully behaved with women in the past. To give us strength.

"She never came back to camp", Burke said. "Empathy is biased, pushing us in the direction of parochialism", he writes, while also arguing for the more nuanced practice of "rational compassion". "No more. We're not going to put up with this anymore'".

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