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Dozens of activists have gathered in Rome to denounce violence against women and express support for the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment.
They were joined by Italian actress and director Asia Argento, who made headlines after alleging in October that she had been sexually assaulted by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in the 1990s.
The 42-year-old Argento addressed the criticism she received once she spoke up about her abuse.
She said she was there to “assess the necessity of women to speak out and change things.”
“I’d like to see how many of you today acknowledge that you have put up with abuse, by raising your hands. And not just sexual. Abuse of power,” she continued. “Because we are women, because we don’t have power.”
Argento was strongly criticized by many Italian media outlets and Italian women for not speaking out earlier and was hounded on Twitter with accusations that she sought trouble.
Women’s marches are planned around the world for female empowerment and denouncing President Donald Trump’s views.
— Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) January 20, 2018
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