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  • How can social sharing fight the stigma surrounding sexual assault?
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#MeToo: accountability with a hashtag

After Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s history of alleged sexual misconduct was bared to the world, social feeds were flooded with a singular expression: #MeToo. The hashtag went viral, inspiring over half a million tweets in just 24 hours, but can people really find solace in an online trend?

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After Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was publicly accused of various counts of sexual misconduct, social media feeds were flooded with a singular expression: #MeToo. The hashtag went viral after actress Alyssa Milano used it to share her own experience of sexual assault in the movie industry, inspiring over half a million tweets featuring the term in just 24 hours. [1] But can people really find solace in an online trend?

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