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These are the most prominent allegations to surface as part of the #MeToo campaign around sexual abuse

Oct 29, 2017 / Media Coverage / Business Insider — Eliza Relman
  • As dozens of women have accused top Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and harassment, women across many industries have been speaking out about their own experiences. 
  • Joining the #MeToo campaign, lawmakers, journalists, and athletes are telling their stories of sexual abuse and calling for change. 

In the aftermath of a flood of sexual assault and harassment allegations against top Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, thousands of women all over the country — and across the world — spanning diverse industries are speaking out about their experiences as victims of workplace sexual abuse.

Actress Alyssa Milano, an outspoken Weinstein critic, encouraged women to write "Me Too" in social media posts to indicate that they had been sexually abused as a way to "give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem." 

Milano's #MeToo campaign — a version of one initiated by activist Tarana Burke a decade ago — resulted in millions of social media posts by female lawmakers, athletes, and journalists, and others.  

On Tuesday, Milano wrote, "One tweet has brought together 1.7 million voices from 85 countries. Standing side by side, together, our movement will only grow. #MeToo."

Here are a handful of the stories that have been told so far:

Women lawmakers in the European parliament

Terry Reintke, a Green Party MEP from Germany.Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Members of the European Parliament joined the #MeToo campaign last week, standing up in front of their colleagues to denounce the "widespread problem" of sexual harassment in European politics.

"Me too, I have been sexually harassed, just like millions of other women in the European Union," Terry Reintke, a Green Party MEP from Germany said from the parliament floor, continuing, "and I think it's about time that we say that we should not be ashamed, but that the perpetrators should be ashamed."

Women in Hollywood

Actress America Ferrera described being sexual assaulted when she was nine years old.Rick Kern/ Getty Images

The allegations against men in Hollywood keep coming. 

During a speech at a women in Hollywood event, Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon revealed that she was sexually assaulted by a film director when she was 16 years old. 

Hundreds of women, including top Hollywood actresses, have come forward to accuse director and screenwriter James Toback of sexual assault or harassment. Amazon Studios chief Roy Price was forced to resign after allegations surfaced against him. 

The A.V. Club put together a more comprehensive list of women in Hollywood who have come forward with stories of sex abuse. 

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