Abuse Survivors Joined The #MeToo March In Hollywood

#MeToo has grown from a powerful social media movement to a full-blown march.

On Sunday, November 12, survivors of sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and sexual assault joined supporters and #MeToo creator and activist Tarana Burke for a rally in Hollywood. The #MeToo Survivors’ March featured demonstrators chanting “Stop the violence, stop the rapes,” while others held signs calling out abusive behavior.

Many placards also made reference to high-profile men, including Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, who have faced accusations of harassment and assault. It was the widespread allegations against Weinstein which prompted actress Alyssa Milano to encourage survivors to share their stories by tagging the now-viral #MeToo hashtag. Burke, however, is credited with originating the movement over a decade ago.

“Me Too is everywhere,” Burke told those gathered in Hollywood today. “This issue will not be ignored. Every hashtag is an act of bravery. Behind every hashtag is a person. Today is a reminder that we are living, breathing humans and not just hashtags.”

#MeToo Survivors’ March against sexual harassment in #Hollywood @latimes @latimesphotos #metoomarch pic.twitter.com/YqLmVSPU2t

— Gary Coronado (@gary_coronado) November 12, 2017

“No more secrets, no more lies/No more silence money buys” #metoomarch

A post shared by Quinn Cummings (@quinncummings) on Nov 12, 2017 at 11:14am PST

#metoomarch gathers in #Hollywood pic.twitter.com/L0JGQJG1du

— David Crane (@vidcrane) November 12, 2017

Hundreds of women and men march in Hollywood to #EndTheStigma of remaining silent to sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace #metoomarch @KNX1070 pic.twitter.com/HqIK0CRkgh

— Karen Adams (@KarenKNX1070) November 12, 2017

Actress Frances Fisher also addressed the crowd, reportedly drawing inspiration from writer Eve Ensler.

One of my best friend’s in the universe .@Frances_Fisher reading the words of another righteous warrior #EveEnsler at #MeToo rally. “I am over….all of it.” pic.twitter.com/TNHwjZ39X2

— Katherine Fugate (@katherinefugate) November 12, 2017

Oscar winner Patricia Arquette, who has been a vocal supporter of the #MeToo movement, was unable to attend the event but tweeted a message of support.

“To all my sisters and brothers out there marching today in L.A.: Sending you love and support from thousands of miles away!” she wrote.

To all my sisters and brothers out there marching today in L.A Sending you love and support from thousands of miles away! #metoomarch

— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) November 12, 2017

Actress Claire Forlani, who has detailed her own experiences with “master manipulator” Weinstein, also cheered on marchers.

“To the women and men marching in Hollywood today #metoomarch, I am there in spirit,” she tweeted.

To the women and men marching in Hollywood today #metoomarch i am there in spirit .#Solidarity 👊#gamechanger 🙏

— Claire Forlani (@ClaireAForlani) November 12, 2017

The event coincided with today’s #TakeBackTheWorkplace protest, with demonstrators from both marches joining forces to condemn sexual misconduct.

March signs #MeToo #TakeBackTheWorkplace pic.twitter.com/ukJn8nS6Y3

— Brittny Mejia (@brittny_mejia) November 12, 2017

Some if my favorite signs at the march #metoomarch #MeToo #Hollywood #takebacktheworkplace pic.twitter.com/58hTl5DZeN

— Alexis Torres (@atorres890) November 12, 2017

If you have experienced sexual violence and are in need of crisis support, please call the RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

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