You are here: Home » Current Affairs » News » National
Business Standard

#MeToo goes viral on social media as women raise voice against sexual abuse

The trend began on Sunday after Hollywood actress Alyssa Milano tweeted a post

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

Shutterstock
Shutterstock

A hashtag #MeToo is trending big time on social media, with several women posting their stories of sexual assault using the same hashtag. Women on Twitter are tweeting dismaying accounts of the sexual harassment they faced, in order to bring the enormousness of the problem in light. 

The trend began on Sunday after Hollywood actress tweeted a post that read "Suggested by a friend: If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote "Me too" as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem."
This tweet of Milano went viral and was shared by many on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to highlight how widespread sexual abuse against woman is in society. Thousands of Twitter users changed their status to #MeToo.  .

Men also expressed their support by posting tweets.

This trend comes days after #WomenBoycottTwitter went viral. Women shunned the social networking site, objecting to the suspension of actress Rose McGowan's account. McGowan’s account was temporarily suspended after she used the platform to speak out against sexual assault in Hollywood. Twitter revoked the "Screamed" actor's page for flouting its set of rules for 12 hours after she posted a series of tweets accusing actor Ben Affleck of lying about his knowledge of media mogul Harvey Weinstein's history of sexual misconduct. 

Here are some of the posts on the hashtag #MeToo:
 

First Published: Mon, October 16 2017. 19:10 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU