In the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein (including this most recent one from our #GirlCrush Lupita Nyong'o), thousands of people have banded together on social media to spread the phrase “Me Too” as part of an awareness campaign about sexual harassment and assault. Actress Alyssa Milano resurrected the hashtag movement on October 15th by tweeting, “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” In the days since Milano’s tweet was published, other celebrities including prominent female sports figures have joined the movement (which was originally started 10 years ago by activist Tarana Burke) - with some women openly sharing their story and others just offering words of support. Keep reading to see how four female athletes used their voice to take a stand against sexual violence:
1. Layshia Clarendon
Point-guard for the Atlanta Dream Layshia Clarendon is a sexual assault survivor who told her story to MIC.com. She shared her message with her followers on Twitter along with a tweet that read, “Me too. For all of the people who aren't ready to share their story, I see you. I believe you. #MeToo"
2. Summer Sanders
Swimmer and Olympic athlete Summer Sanders demonstrated her alliance with the campaign by tweeting, “Support. #MeToo” on October 17th.
3. Hope Solo
World Cup and Olympic soccer champion Hope Solo stood behind the movement when she said, “Silence will not change the world! #MeToo” Solo also attached a photo with text to the tweet that recognized the strength of women who have come forward as sexual assault victims.
4. Abby Wambach
Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer champion Abby Wambach showed that she personally connected with the campaign by simply tweeting the powerful statement, #metoo, to her over 666K followers.