Alyssa Milano fueled online discussions on the issue of sexual abuse when she started the #MeToo campaign in the wake of Harvey Weinstein scandal. The actress and activist initiated the movement to encourage victims of sexual assault and/or harassment to share their stories and to shed light on the matter of sexual violence.

Since it kicked off on Sunday, the online rally has drawn millions of posts, comments, and shares from the online community. In fact, the campaign is considered a good first step for victims to speak out and fight for their rights.

The internet campaigns against sexual assault, harassment

In an op-ed for TIME magazine, Alyssa Milano explained that her inspiration for starting the campaign was her desire to focus on the victims instead of paying much attention to the 'doers' of these horrible acts. She added that the online rally aimed at providing a venue for victims where they can share their honest thoughts without being forced to recall the traumatic experience in detail.

Like most victims of sexual violence, the "Charmed" star admitted that she is still not ready to recount into specifics the trauma she had to go through after her experiences of sexual assault.

"If someone asked me to list every single time, I would have to sit down and take inventory of my entire life," she added.

After she saw the success of the online campaign she initiated, Alyssa Milano did not forget to give the credit back to its original author, Tarana Burke, a female activist who created the catchphrase to remind sexual assault victims that they were not alone.

Men show support for women through #HowIWillChange movement

As a response to the online campaign, men are now using #HowIWillChange to show their support for women and to campaign against sexual abuse. According to the Huffington Post, the hashtag was first used by Benjamin Law, an Australian journalist, and screenwriter, in an effort to encourage men to commit to empowering and protecting women from all forms of abuse.

Mark Ruffalo joined the online movement and promised not to catcall women again, while Andrew Webster vowed to listen and understand women.

Alyssa Milano also promoted the new trend and asked men how they can help women to combat the cultural epidemic of sexual abuse.

These online campaigns are just a few efforts initiated by celebrities, activists, and even normal people after Harvey Weinstein was exposed to multiple allegations of sexual assault from nearly three decades ago.