Hundreds join #MeToo march in Hollywood
Hundreds of protesters have joined the #MeToo movement to walk the streets of Hollywood against sexual harassment and assault.
From the iconic Dolby Theatre, along Hollywood Boulevard and the Walk of Fame, Sunday’s march brought together men and women looking to change what they call a “culture of sexual abuse” in the industry.
It follows a range of allegations against some of Hollywood’s most powerful men, including the likes of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Louis CK.
“I’ve been sexually assaulted multiple times throughout my life,” said Tara McNamarra, a 21-year-old protester at the march.
“It’s affected me in every aspect of my life.”
The powerful social media movement was started by activist Tarana Burke nearly a decade ago, with the intent to help young black survivors of sexual abuse.
It has been revived in light of the Weinstein scandal, when actress Alyssa Milano, who claims to have been assaulted by the producer, tweeted the hashtag crediting Ms Burke.
“For every Harvey Weinstein, there’s a hundred more men in the neighbourhood who are doing the exact same thing,” Ms Burke wrote on Facebook ahead of Sunday’s event.
“What we’re seeing, at least for now, is a unity of survivors, a community of survivors that have grown out of this #MeToo viral moment, that I’m just hoping and praying that we can sustain.”
Steven Murphy, another protester, said he regularly witnessed sexual harassment while working as an accountant.
“I’ve had personal experiences of friends, of co-workers who were harassed, and nothing ever came of it,” he said.
“They were made out to be the guilty ones.”