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'Now the Work Really Begins.' Alyssa Milano and Tarana Burke on What's Next for the #MeToo Movement

From TIME - December 6, 2017

Alyssa Milano, who has roused thousands of women to speak out about their experiences of sexual harassment and assault, joined #MeToo movement creator Tarana Burke on Wednesday to call for more change after TIME revealed its 2017 Person of the Year: The Silence Breakers.

Milano and Burke met for the first time on the Today show after TIME chose as its Person of the Year the people around the world who shared their experiences with sexual assault and harassment, including those who did so as part of the #MeToo movement.

This is just the start. Ive been saying from the beginning its not just a moment, its a movement, said Burke, an activist who founded the #MeToo movement in 2006 to help survivors of sexual violence. Now the work really begins.

On Twitter in October, Milano urged every woman who had ever been sexually harassed or assaulted to write me too as a reply to her tweet to give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem. More than 1.7 million people immediately spoke out about their own harassment experiences after Milanos tweet, she later wrote on Twitter.

The call to action came as a wave of women in Hollywoodincluding Rose McGowan and Gwyneth Paltrowcame forward to accuse movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and other men in power of sexual assault or misconduct. At least 74 public figures have since faced accusations.

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