#MeToo leads to more sexual assault victims coming forward

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#MeToo leads to more sexual assault victims coming forward

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Hannah Stewart, staff writer

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As Hollywood is embroiled in multiple sexual assault allegations against some of its biggest names, victims are finding more opportunities to tell their stories.  

In an article from The New York Times, several women, including actress Ashley Judd, detailed Harvey Weinstein’s unwarranted sexual advances and how he used his power and money to ensure their silence.

Weinstein preyed on young women beginning their careers who would be too afraid of his influence in Hollywood to speak out, according to the article.

According to another article from The New York Times, these women burst open the dam of Weinstein’s seedy past, and numerous women continue to come forward to share their experiences.

Rose McGowan is an outspoken victim of Weinstein’s assault and has begun to speak openly of her refusal of hush money from Weinstein’s camp for his sexual misconduct. She is one of the many victims of sexual assault in Hollywood trying to remove the silence surrounding the protection of Hollywood’s most powerful.

As a part of this movement to end the silence, actress Alyssa Milano began the Twitter campaign  #MeToo.

 “It’s very brave that victims are willing to come forward and tell their stories. It is incredible that they are willing to share their most horrific moment to help others find peace,” Marley Barone, junior English major, said.

#MeToo gives those affected by sexual abuse the opportunity to speak out and raise awareness of the commonality of this issue. This campaign works to remove the silence that often comes with sexual assault and allows victims the opportunity to tell their stories.

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