#MeToo takes over social media for sexual harassment awareness

#MeToo takes over social media for sexual harassment awareness

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - #MeToo is taking social media by storm to raise awareness for sexual harassment.

Sunday, after a tweet from actor Alyssa Milano, social media was active with personal stories of being the victims of sexual harassment or assault.

"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," Milano posted on Twitter

Since Sunday, there has been over 500,000 tweets with the hashtag along with more than 12 million posts, comments and reactions happening on Facebook, including posts from Elizabeth Warren, actress Jeri Ryan and many others.

Women haven't been the only ones using the hashtag. Men having been coming forward showing support for victims of sexual harassment and assault.

Some have even come forward about their own experiences being assaulted.

Milano did not say if the campaign was a direct reaction to the dozens of women who have spoken out and continue to speak out against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Last week, Milano addressed the Weinstein situation on her blog, "Patriot Not Partisan."

"To the women who have suffered any form of abuse of power, I stand beside you. To the women who have come forward against a system that is designed to keep you silent, I stand in awe of you and appreciate you and your fortitude. It is not easy to disclose such experiences, especially in the public eye," she wrote.