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If you’ve been on social media lately, you may have noticed women and some men
posting “#MeToo.” This started on October 15 when celebrity Alyssa Milano tweeted, “If you’ve
been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too,’ as a reply to this tweet.”
Shortly after her tweet, social media blew up with women’s stories about their tragic
experiences. This wasn’t just seen on Twitter but Facebook, Instagram, and other social media
outlets joined as well.
The #MeToo movement started back 10 years ago with female activist Tarana Burke.
Burke was a youth worker when she came across a little girl named Heaven who after a bonding
session with all the girls, came up to Burke to tell her a heartbreaking story that she shares on the
Just Be site.
She shared “Heaven was a sweet-faced little girl who kind of clung to me throughout the
camp… For the next several minutes this child, Heaven, struggled to tell me about her
“stepdaddy” or rather her mother’s boyfriend who was doing all sorts of monstrous things to her
developing body…I was horrified by her words, the emotions welling inside of me ran the
gamut, and I listened until I literally could not take it anymore.”
She continued, “I could not muster the energy to tell her that I understood, that I
connected, that I could feel her pain. I couldn't help her release her shame or impress upon her
that nothing that happened to her was her fault. I could not find the strength to say out loud the
words that were ringing in my head over and over again as she tried to tell me what she had
endured… I watched her put her mask back on and go back into the world like she was all alone
and I couldn’t even bring myself to whisper…me too.”
Her heartbreaking story inspired others to tweet simple but tragic stories like “By my
mothers then boyfriend, #MeToo” and more like “I was told it was normal, not to cry. That if I
did tell nobody would believe me. I was 11. #MeToo”
It has gone as far as celebrities like Lady Gaga, and government officials who have
joined or tweeted #MeToo.
The objective of me too as Milano said was “so we might give people a sense of the
magnitude of the problem.”
It’s definitely made an impact because according to Twitter as of October 15 “#MeToo
has been used over 800,000 times and counting. The polls for Facebook are even higher with
over 12 million posts and counting according to Facebook. This has been a gigantic leap for
women and sexual harassment and assault awareness.

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