By Andrea Arroyo
I was moved to create the image Me Too as I was inspired by the hundreds of thousands of women around the country uniting to show how prevalent sexual violence is.
Last week, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual abuse by many women and it was “big news.” He was fired by the Board of Directors of his company and later expelled from the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Academy, which stated, “The era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over.”
There are now police investigations into potential criminal conduct.
In the past few days, social media was flooded with messages after actress Alyssa Milano wrote on Twitter, “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted, write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.”
Thousands quickly responded.
The “MeToo” movement was actually created in the mid 2000’s by Tarana Burke, an anti-sexual violence advocate, but this week it exploded into the public realm, with almost half a million posts by women sharing their painful stories of abuse or simply writing “MeToo” as their status on social media.
Yes, me too.
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