Thousands of women around the world showed how commonplace sexual assault is, using the hashtag #MeToo. It quickly became the top trending Twitter hashtag on Sunday night as women spoke up to show the world just how common sexual harassment is.
It started with a tweet from actress Alyssa Milano, who was citing a friend:
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
The hashtag ultimately led to a small section of men on social media owning up to their own sexual assaults on women, with the #IHave hashtag.
"First step of solving a problem is admitting you are one."Twitter User [Male]
The hashtag was a way of men coming out and admitting their abuse of women and actually supporting the movement against sexual crimes.
Why can't men say #Ihave for the sexual harassment & sexual violence they have perpetrated? Time for men to take responsibility & name it— Debbie Kilroy (@DebKilroy) October 16, 2017
I have.— Neil Figuracion (@Fad23) October 16, 2017
Sexual harassment & assault - I've been part of the problem and I'm working on being part of the solution. #IHave
first step of solving a problem is admitting you are one.#ihave— J.W. Irvin (@Dubs_847) October 17, 2017
#IHave unwittingly or wilfully sexually harassed women in my life. RT or like if you have too (1/2)— Matthew Riddle (@matthewriddle) October 17, 2017
#IHave absolutely. I was raised by an amazing strong woman and I still have. There was never intent to but I look back and my heart sinks.— Alois Romanowski (@eckscaliber) October 16, 2017
Dear #ihave posters. The honesty is a good step. Please don't expect likes and medals for it though. This only the beginning of your work.— Sarah Bee (@sarah_bezanson) October 16, 2017
Let the healing begin#IHAVE— SuperDuper (@HunterPipes) October 16, 2017
However, some Twitter users were not convinced by some of the men who spoke out with the #IHave hashtag.
*sees men posting #ihave stories and facing zero punishment* wow so deep— c u shiver w antici- (@KivaBay) October 16, 2017
there are men on my fb posting #ihave and getting more comments and likes for 'their act of bravery' more than the womxn who xp the trauma— nikki alex basset (@nikkialexbasset) October 16, 2017
Don't ever give men who made #IHave posts the free pass. Especially if they are problematic to this day.— Diego Lozano (@DiegoNachoAZ) October 17, 2017
When the person who assaulted you posted "#ihave"— courtney 🌙 (@lyannastarq) October 16, 2017
I have. I'm sorry.#IHave— Lee "Carvin'" Garvin (@LeeGarv) October 16, 2017