It's always powerful to put faces and stories to any harrowing statistics, to see those actually affected by whatever you're talking about. That's why Time choosing "The Silence Breakers" as the 2017 Person of the Year, honoring those women — and men — who have come forward about sexual assault and harassment to spawn a cultural dialogue and movement about it, was so impactful. That said, Alyssa Milano, who brought Tarana Burke's #MeToo to the social media forefront, is here to remind us of those important facts about an issue that touches so many.
The former Charmed actress was just one of the celebrities Time chose to include in their coverage — joining Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift, Rose McGowan, and Terry Crews. While hearing their stories and what they have to say about the subject that has rocked Hollywood and other industries around the world, but particularly in America, Milano highlighted the numbers behind it.
"In 2017 women stood up and said #MeToo. We overcame our fears to #BreakTheSilence. Technology and social media have connected us all," Milano tweeted, kicking off an epic Twitter thread. "We can't turn away from each other's pain. We are connected to it. We are connected to each other. We are connected."
This was just the beginning of the 44-year-old's fact-filled thread, listing statistic after statistic showing how pervasive sexual assault and harassment are in society. For example, RAINN (the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) reports that every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. It seems as though every group is mentioned and nobody is left out, further driving home the point that this issue doesn't discriminate based on age, ethnicity, gender, or sexuality.
"It's unacceptable that we are living amid an epidemic of violence against women and girls, still governed by institutions that are predominantly male. What are we going to do to ensure our daughters are safe? How will we break the cycle of repressing & hurting women?" Milano asked at the end of the thread. "Being a woman means being powerful and compassionate at the same time Being [sic]. We need to support each other. We need to stand together UNITED. We can use our collective voices to empower and create meaningful change for women everywhere. But we all must agree to #BreakTheSilence."
See all of Milano’s powerful and fact-focused tweets here:
(H/T: Entertainment Weekly)
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