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In the afternoon of October 15, 2017, the actress Alyssa Milano tweeted a request to his followers: "If you have been sexually harassed or overwhelmed write" me too "in response to this tweet. "
The results were overwhelming.
Within 24 hours, her posts generated thousands of responses, comments and retweets and inspired thousands more original posts on social media, with women and men from around the world sharing personal stories. Among the celebrities who answered were Lady Gaga Viola Davis Javier Muñoz and Evan Rachel Wood .
Some opened for rape for the first time. Others pretended to refrain from aggressive employees and lose jobs.
Milan was not surprised to know that so many people had # MeToo stories – but she was surprised at how frank they were in telling these stories on social media. 19659005] "Everyone was so brave to talk about their experiences," Milan told NBC News in a telephone interview on Monday, held her anniversary anniversary "around the world."
"The most beautiful of all this is not just women standing up and using their voices but standing up in solidarity," added Milan. "The collective pain we have known has turned into a collective force. It's amazing."
During the weeks following Milan's tweet, the # MeToo movement – as activist Tarana Burke was created more than a decade earlier – was a widespread war of war for those who trying to show that sexual harassment is not an isolated event, nor is sexual abuse rare. The results were extensive – dozens of powerful men accused, many of whom dropped a handful of criminal charges.
"We've come true, really far in a year, but I think we have much longer to go," said Milan. "No movement is perfect. There will be adversities. But I think it's within the gray areas that we can have important discussions about setting limits that have never been established before."
NBC News reached tens of first respondents to Milan's tweet and Facebook mail, which were among the first to say "Me, Too" last fall. Seven of the women, who ranged from the adolescent to the 60s, agreed to reflect on how their # MeToo eyes drove them to rethink their careers and their lives. Some were pleased that they had gone forward a year ago and were excited by the calculation that had taken place since; Others pointed to Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court as a sign that there is still a long way forward.
These are their stories: