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Following the allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, a slew of new voices have emerged in the fight against sexual harassment and assault.
The hashtag #metoo, which Alyssa Milano helped popularize, generated more than 12 million posts on Facebook in 24 hours. Other stars like Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lawrence have also publicly opened with their experiences with harassment.
Surgical breast specialist Dr. Kristi Funk says that 54 percent of women say they have been a victim of sexual discrimination and abuse. "What I love about this moment, it feels like we finally got the right to vote. This will never happen again. This is no longer okay to be silent about," she says.
OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry adds, "I feel like this is the first step to change the conversation. Somewhere along the way, we made victims feel as though they should be ashamed and they should feel embarrassed and they were afraid to speak up because they may lose their job, or people wouldn't believe them. Or they would say, 'Oh, you wore that thing,' or, 'You got drunk.'"
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork encourages anyone who has been a victim to reach out to the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE.
More information and resources regarding sexual assault are available on the RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) website.