The sexual harassment allegations surrounding Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein came as a shock to those outside the industry, and since the news broke, a number of women have spoken up on the issue.
While Weinstein is just one individual, the accusations surrounding him have catapulted the conversation about sexual assault and harassment to a national level, and as a result, women all over the country are speaking out.
An ABC News-Washington Post poll released Tuesday morning revealed some shocking information surrounding sexual harassment.
According to the poll results, 54 percent of women in the United States said they had experienced inappropriate sexual advances from men. Meanwhile, three in 10 women said they put up with these advances from men at work, while a quarter of them said the advances came from men who had leverage over their job, Langer Research Associates, which conducted the poll, reported.
To put that in clearer terms, the poll shows that 33 million women in the United States have been sexually harassed, with 14 million sexually abused in situations surrounding their work.
While polls can only say and influence so much, women across social media are uniting in an effort to personally show the faces of those who have been sexually harassed.
The hashtag #MeToo is circulating around Twitter and Facebook, where survivors are telling all that they have been a victim of this type of behavior.
The hashtag was started by actress Alyssa Milano, who asked women to post #MeToo if they have ever found themselves in this horrible situation:
If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/k2oeCiUf9n
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017
And from that point, they flooded in like a tidal wave:
— Faz (@catchinghexes) October 15, 2017
Me too https://t.co/ScX67Kmmiy
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) October 15, 2017
Just had my cousin post #metoo. That's 100% of the women in our family. Both our mom's, our grandma, my sister, also one of my brothers.
— Beth Alleman (@esperali) October 16, 2017
I’m ripping off the bandaid. Time to be heard. #MeToo
— frenchtaunter (@tracymridgley) October 17, 2017
I wish I had the courage to share my story - everyone who has is so brave, and so is every person silently coping. #MeToo
— jade wilson (@jadesophiew) October 17, 2017
FYI - just because some of us didn't post our #metoo, doesn't mean we aren't here. For some of us it'll always be too raw, or too painful. So painful.
— Ashleigh 🍷 (@thefoodnestnz) October 17, 2017
Let’s face it, its happened to each one of us and we all have moved on either ignoring it or sometimes in utter shock. #MeToo
— Pritika Singh (@Pritika14may) October 17, 2017
If you have experienced sexual harassment and need to talk to someone, you can find help from the Rape Abuse Incest National Network website. You can also call RAINN's national sexual assault telephone hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673).