#MeToo: Women are taking to social media to share stories of sexual harassment and assault

The social media movement shows how often it really happens.

If you've seen "me too" Facebook statuses and tweets flooding social media, it's because that's how common sexual harassment and assault are.

Women – and some men – are posting stories or messages with #metoo to show that they've also been victim of sexual harassment or sexual assault. 

The posts began Sunday after actress Alyssa Milano tweeted the following:

As of Monday morning, Milano's tweet had gotten at least 35,000 replies, was retweeted 13,000 times and had more than 26,000 likes. 

Some just wrote "me too" in response, while others shared their personal stories. 

This movement started in response to all the sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, which he has denied. 

Milano previously wrote that "sexual harassment and assault in the workplace are not just about Harvey Weinstein. We must change things in general. We must do better for women everywhere." 

Sexual harassment at work 

Sexual harassment is quite common for women at work. In fact, a 2015 survey by Cosmopolitan found 1 in 3 women between the ages of 18-34 had been sexually harassed at work. 

Other surveys have found at least a quarter of all women have experienced some type of sexual harassment at work, which is illegal

In 2015, nearly one-third of the charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission involved harassment. Of those, about a quarter were related to sexual harassment, the National Women's Law Center says.

And those are only the people who report it. Many do not because they're scared of losing their job or hurting their career, or because they don't think anyone will believe them, the law center notes. 

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