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Women in San Diego coming forward to join in saying 'me too'

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SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8/AP) — Thousands of women are identifying themselves as victims of sexual harassment or assault following a call to action propelled by actress Alyssa Milano in the wake of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's downfall over of allegations of sexual misconduct spanning decades.

Milano passed along a suggestion from a friend on Sunday that women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted post "me too" to "give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem."

The campaign quickly trended on Twitter and Facebook, with notable names like Lady Gaga, Monica Lewinsky and Rosario Dawson identifying themselves as victims. Others shared personal stories.

"Being raped once made it easier to be raped again. I instinctually shut down. My body remembered, so it protected me. I disappeared. #metoo," actress Evan Rachel Wood wrote as part of a series of tweets on her experience. "Sharing my stories and feeling less alone really helps. So thank you for listening."

Some women weighed in with stories of assaults while in the military, gang rapes and catcalls.

Milano's former co-star on TV's "Charmed," Rose McGowan, tweeted in support of the campaign. McGowan has accused Weinstein of raping her.

Milano called the Weinstein allegations "disturbing" in an essay last week, but added that she had been reluctant to comment publicly because of her friendship with Weinstein's wife, Georgina Chapman.

"I am constantly part of this conversation even if I don't publicly comment on specific scandals," she wrote. "Sexual harassment and assault in the workplace are not just about Harvey Weinstein. We must change things in general. We must do better for women everywhere."

In San Diego, the list of "me too" posts goes on and on with both men and women sharing their experiences. 

Among them is Jodi Cilley, founder of the Film Consortium San Diego. 

"I know how hard that is to be able to state 'this happened and it's shameful and it's uncomfortable to say, and I need to say it," said Cilley. "If I don't say it, someone else out there is going to feel like they're alone."  

Others chiming in agree: they too have been silent for a long time. 

"It's happened to me, it's happened to people I know [and] you don't talk about it," said Taryn Crowder who says she was sexually harassed back when she was in college and says there is initially a sense of shame. 

"Like it was something that you did  - what you were wearing, the way you were acting, you brought it upon yourself," she said. "I've kind of put it behind me. It scars you for a little while, you know. 

"I hope this kind of campaign makes people talk about it more, because it is a problem."  

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