Women identify as assault, harassment victims with 'me too' posts

Ruben Ruiz
October 17, 2017

"Among big entertainment industry names to take part were "Artpop" singer Lady Gaga, Oscar-winning actress Anna Paquin and "Westworld" actress Evan Rachel Wood, who described being raped by an unnamed individual".

Another response made the unfortunate but all too true claim that "women who've "only" been harassed, not assaulted, consider ourselves lucky".

The "Me Too" movement seeks to empower victims to come forward and discuss their experiences, while showing others that they are not alone.

(Through a spokesperson, Weinstein denied allegations of non-consensual sex.) Twitter briefly suspended McGowan last week as she tweeted about the Weinstein scandal, which prompted another outcry of female solidarity as women boycotted the social media platform to protest its silencing of women's voices. She also notes that, according to Statistics Canada's crime victimization survey, an estimated 460,000 Canadian women were victims of sexual assault in 2004. But honestly, how many times are we going to do this before there is a broader public acknowledgement that this really does happen?

Since then, women on social media, and some men have tweeted about the sexual harassment they faced.

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London's Metropolitan Police force said Sunday that the woman reported being assaulted in London in 2010, 2011 and 2015.

Because I was shamed and considered a "party girl" I felt I deserved it. One person wrote, "The first time I was sexually assaulted, I was 13 years old. Seeing so many women vocalize that they have been sexually assaulted or harassed gives more women the courage and bravery to speak up, tell someone, and not feel so ashamed". Twitter briefly suspended her account following the revelations.

Twitter said it banned the actress because she tweeted a private phone number, violating its service terms.

"It is because of my love" for Weinstein's wife and children "that I haven't publicly commented on this until now", Milano wrote. "We must do better for women everywhere".

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