Sexual Assault Movement #MeToo Reaches Nearly 500,000 Tweets

Alyssa Milano on Sunday afternoon wrote on Twitter that sharing #MeToo as a social media status "might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem" of sexual harassment and sexual assault.

In the nearly 24 hours since Alyssa Milano called on women to share their personal experiences with sexual harassment or sexual assault, the hashtag #MeToo has been tweeted nearly a half a million times, a Twitter spokeswoman confirmed Monday. 

Milano, who recently appeared in Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later on Netflix, tweeted on Sunday afternoon that, in the wake of the sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, a friend suggested that writing "Me too" as a status "might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem." She also posted the message on Facebook.

Thousands of women, including Will & Grace star Debra Messing, Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany and True Blood's Anna Paquin, responded by posting the phrase on Twitter or Facebook. By Sunday night, #MeToo was a top nationwide trend on Twitter.

It's likely that well above one million women and men shared the message on Twitter, but the social network currently has only measured the number of people who use the #MeToo hashtag. 

Milano's original tweet has been liked more than 32,000 times and retweeted 16,000 times. The Facebook post has received 2,500 reactions, 2,000 shares and 500 comments. 

See some of the Hollywood voices who have posted the phrase and are supporting the movement below.