Women ID as assault, harassment victims with 'me too' tweets

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

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'".

"More than 27,000 people replied, making "#MeToo" the top trending topic through the day Sunday.

On Monday, comedian Mallika Dua shared a post on her Facebook profile to highlight the extent of sexual harassment that women stay silent about.

"It's repugnant to me that he would say that because we all know what he meant", she said.

She finally spoke up, using the hastag me too. Among the chorus of voices from the public, celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Debra Messing, Anna Paquin and Sophia Bush, voiced their support. In her 2012 article Limits of a Criminal Justice Response: Trends in Police and Court Processing of Sexual Assault, University of Ottawa criminology professor Holly Johnson found that only three per cent of those charged by police with sexual-assault offences in Canada in 2007 were women, yet 86 per cent of those victimized were women and girls. She is also friends with Weinstein's wife, Georgina Chapman, and wrote in a blog post that she was sickened by the "disturbing" sexual abuse allegations against him.

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Some women and victims of sexual assault expressed that Sunday's stream of tweets felt empowering.

The MeToo Twitter campaign was at least the second of its kind since decades of sexual abuse allegations emerged against film producer Harvey Weinstein.

Others noted that many survivors may not be ready to share their stories ― and said that's OK, too.

"If you are not at the point where you can share your #MeToo I stand with you", Kelly Douglas wrote.

McGowan has alleged that Weinstein raped her.

The allegations of sexual misconduct are growing against Harvey Weinstein, and now he's been expelled from the academy of motion picture of arts.

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