During the ‘Elle’ Women in Hollywood event, Jennifer Lawerence and Reese Witherspoon candidly opened up about their own experiences with harassment in Hollywood.
The #MeToo social media campaign gained another story of sexual assault late Monday: That of Superstore actress America Ferrera.
“First time I can remember being sexually assaulted I was nine years old,” the Golden Globe and Emmy winner recalled on Twitter. “I told no one and lived with the shame and guilt thinking all along that I, a 9-year-old child, was somehow responsible for the actions of a grown man.”
She added, “I had to see this man on a daily basis for years to come. He would smile at me and wave, and I would hurry past him, my blood running cold, my guts carrying the burden of what only he and I knew — that he expected me to shut my mouth and smile back.”
The allegations of sexual harassment against movie producer Harvey Weinstein, and the lack of outrage, seem shocking. Sadly, incidents like these aren’t limited to Hollywood. Ordinary women bravely share their experiences of harassment at work.
Actress Alyssa Milano brought activist Tarana Burke’s “me too” campaign to Twitter last week asking other women to share their own stories in an attempt to “give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”
Ferrera, who spoke at January’s Women’s March on Washington, concluded her post by encouraging other women to “break the silence so the next generation of girls won’t have to live with this (expletive).”
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