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#MeToo: Trending hashtag inspires victims of sexual assault to step forward

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Alyssa Milano arrives at the Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes Party January 8, 2017.{ }(Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com)

Social media site Twitter was flooded with tales of sexual assault Sunday after actress Alyssa Milano sparked the trending hashtag "#MeToo."

"Suggested by a friend: If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote "Me too" as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem," Milano wrote. "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet."

Thousands of men and women responded to the post, seizing the opportunity to share their stories of assault or show solidarity.

The idea comes as film mogul Harvey Weinstein faces dozens of accusations of sexual assault.

Milano costarred with Rose McGowan on the show "Charmed"; McGowan has alleged that Weinstein raped her.

In the weeks since the scandal broke, Weinstein has lost his job, his wife and his membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Earlier Sunday, the French president revealed he was moving to revoke Weinstein's Legion of Honor.