Twitter was recently inundated with admissions from people representing different genders, ages, and preoccupations that they endured sexual assault at some point in their lives. The online comments were in response to actress Alyssa Milano’s tweet – that referred to her friend’s suggestion -- that if women who have been sexually assaulted or harassed wrote “Me Too” it would highlight the magnitude of the problem.

Many individuals, including several women who have been suffering in silence for a long time, came out to express that they, too, were subjected to some form of sexual harassment. Anna Paquin, Debra Messing, Lea Thompson, Sophia Bush were among the celebrities who wrote “me too” on the reply box.

Sexual abuse in many forms

There were many instances of workplace sexual harassment incidents shared on the same thread.

Others recounted being physically assaulted on the school campus. A handful opened up about experiencing physical abuse from their family members.

Online commenters conveyed an outpouring of Love And Support to those the females, males, and gays who narrated personal accounts of sexual harassment and abuse. Milano’s tweet came after the multiple accusations of decades-long sexual harassment and rape were hurled against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

The Harvey Weinstein scandal led to his being stripped of membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Weinstein’s recent response to all the reports that he had violated women is that everyone makes mistakes.

Brave voices emerge

A few celebrities, among them Lindsay Lohan, has stated that they have done movies with Weinstein but they were not subjected to sexual harassment. Meryl Streep expressed that she was accorded respect in the course of her working relationship with Weinstein and that she did not know he had been engaging in inappropriate acts.

Streep commended the brave voices that have come out.

Some of Weinstein’s longtime male colleagues in the movie industry have remained mum on the matter. On the other hand, some of Hollywood’s A-list actors, including Leonardo diCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, George Clooney, and many others condemned the abuse of power and decried the unacceptable acts committed against women, many of them celebrities.

Twittersphere has served as a venue for lots of other intense reactions following Rose McGowan’s allegation that Harvey Weinstein raped her. Most of the sentiments expressed on the social media platform were in support of the actress and conveyed that it is about time conversations/discussions on harassment and abuse happen.

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