#MeToo is revealing the ubiquity of sexual assault

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The intensity of the response underscored how the problem extends well beyond the rich and famous, affecting the everyday lives of women around the world.

"If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write "me too" as a reply to this tweet", the actress known for starring on Melrose Place, Charmed and for hosting Project Runway All Stars wrote alongside a statement.

You may have noticed the hashtag #metoo trend on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram today, but you probably didn't know you've got Alyssa Milano to credit.

Milano said she is passionate about women's rights. That nobody believed them when they spoke about it emerged as a common refrain.

While the bravery of women and men who have spoken up is inspiring and their strength in naming their abusers is nothing short of powerful, it's also important to remember that those who are still coming to terms with their past experiences should be allowed to address it on their own terms.

And so was popular blogger Poorna Banerjee, who highlighted the fact that often, it is but members of the immediate family who are the perpetrators. Raped as a kid and an adult.

Twitter said it banned the actress because she tweeted a private phone number, violating its service terms.

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By all means, let's keep these public conversations about the ubiquity of sexual assault going.

"Me too.in my own auto".

"As I read all of the Me Too posts out there I feel heartbroken. Men who undermine women and their strength, ability and intelligence exist everywhere". "Abuse is forever", BuffieHippie wrote.

The campaign, which Milano credited to a friend, came amid a snowballing scandal related to the alleged sexual misconduct of film producer Harvey Weinstein.

Milano, a star of the long-running sitcom "Who's the Boss", previously wrote a blog last week pegged to the Weinstein fallout.

British actress Lysette Anthony says she reported to police on Wednesday that Weinstein raped her in her London home in the late 1980s.

The UK claims follow a string of allegations against Mr Weinstein of harassment, abuse and rape made by actors in the United States, including Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan and Gwyneth Paltrow.