Two-Word Phrase of Protest Goes Viral on Social Media

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) Two words have flooded social media sites over the past two days.

"Me Too" has been posted on social media by men and women as a protest against sexual harassment and sexual assault.

The phrase went viral after actress Alyssa Milano posted on twitter saying "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."

She sent the tweet following the recent revelation of decades of allegations of sexual misconduct by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Since then, thousands of people have shared online their experiences with sexual harassment and assault.

A twitter spokesperson says it has been tweeted over half a million times.

Brooke Dupuy of Rape Response Services says, "It really creates a community of people that have experienced the same sorts of things. I think being a survivor can be really lonely. People feel like nobody can possibly understand them, nobody's been through that, they're an isolated incident. But, seeing other people posting about it, it really just helps them to see I think that there are lots of people that have been through it or something similar. Don't underestimate the power of social media because big change does happen from people sharing things."

If you or someone you know have experienced sexual harassment or assault and would like to talk with someone you can call the Rape and Response confidential hotline at 1-800-310-0000 or visit rrsonline.org.