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#Me Too Campaign sparks Firestorm on Social Media

October 17, 2017 07:14 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS)-The campaign started following sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein from several Hollywood actresses.

He was fired from the Weinstein Company this month, and on Monday, he resigned from the company board.

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Over the weekend actress, Alyssa Milano started the #Me Too protest to stand in solidarity.

The #Me Too has become a rallying cry on social media for women to stand against sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Caitlin Matera of Rochester was brave enough to share her story with of when she was first sexually assaulted 13 years ago.

"I just grew up dealing with sexual harassment as an everyday issue; you don’t even realize it’s happening to you," said Matera.

This week social media has been flooded with messages from women like Matera sharing their stories of sexual harassment or sexual assault -- some men have even come out apologizing for things they've done. 

Matera said as simple as the two words "Me Too" are, they can make a big difference for those who have been victimized.

“I’m not sure how much it will lead to solving a lot of problems but any step forward is in the right direction,” said Matera.

According to victims services in Rochester over 200 women are victims each year, but half don't report it.

"I think anytime this subject or this topic can be talked about and in a public forum I think the better it is for some survivors, they may gain strength from it," said Jerianne Gonser, Olmsted County victim services advocate.

For now, the movement is a stepping stone for women, helping them to feel free, not alone and with the hope of one day of ending abuse and harassment.

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