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#Metoo movement has allowed women to share personal stories of assault

Posted at 5:31 PM, Oct 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-17 21:16:36-04

The 'me too.' campaign movement started with a tweet by actress Alyssa Milano and now the movement has spread around the world. 

Milano wanted to start the conversation in the wake of the Harvey Weinsteinscandal. 

Now, thousands of people are opening up about being sexually harassed or assaulted. 

The tweet says, "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet."



Followed by a message stating, "Suggested by a friend: If all 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" 



"It's important to show that people aren't alone in this situation and it happens to other people," says University of Arizona student Sydney Grijalva. 

The movement received more than half a million retweets on twitter, likes and comments. As well as support on Facebook and Instagram. 

The 'me too.' campaign allows women to stand in solidarity and share their stories, including some at the University of Arizona.  

Grijalva says, "I was sexually abused when I was in high school but everyone in my family has been harassed."

Another woman, Michelle Marquez says she was harassed by a Teacher Assistant at the UA. She says, "at first I wasn't sure if I wanted to do it {post me too on her status}. I was hesitant and part of me thought I was ashamed." 

Marquez adds, the teacher wanted to have sexual relations with her. "just because people don't stop doesn't mean it's not wrong."

Another student, Sabrina Campbell says 'cat calls' are degrading and make her uncomfortable. "You're walking on the street, minding your own business and you hear guy yelling something inappropriate to you and not respecting you as a person." 

But men are taking part in the movement as well. Some have asked other men to stop and evaluate what they say and do to women. 

Professionals say, if you're not ready to publicly share your story but need to talk to someone call the National Sexual Assault hotline, 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE)