AUSTIN, Texas — For many women, it doesn't matter where they are or what time of day it is. They are concerned about sexual harassment and assault.
“What is more prevalent and really hurts the most is the catcalling all the time because I can be wearing anything. It doesn’t matter, but the fact that you think it’s OK to invade my personal space and my life and my soul like that,” said 24-year-old Taylor Prinsen.
Actress Alyssa Milano’s tweet Sunday empowered the native Texan to join in solidarity and post "Me too" on social media. The campaign has a simple message aimed at putting spotlight on a dark, pervasive problem. Prinsen tweeted Monday morning: "Me, too. All of us, really."
“It doesn’t matter if you're a man, a woman, a child. It happens to everyone," she said. "It’s hard to be the one to speak out about it because that could mean repercussions.”
The two words have been heard around the world. The conversation online has inspired thousands to share their stories and fears in hopes of the chance for change.
“So often people feeling like there is not anyone listening to them or believing them,” said Julie Goble, the director of counseling and advocacy services at Hope Alliance.
The Williamson County nonprofit offers services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Programs include counseling, legal advocacy and emergency shelter.
Goble said the organization expects to see an increase in calls, as the recent revelations out of Hollywood continue emerging. She also took to social media to say, "me too."
"The biggest thing we see when survivors come in is that the feel alone," Goble said. "They don’t realize the many people this has happened to and I think this will change that for so many people."
If anyone needs help or support, please call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). Calls are confidential.