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#MeToo: Locals react to viral social media movement

Credit: Alyssa Milano/Twitter, screenshot

A viral social media campaign is raising awareness about sexual assault and harassment.

Thousands of people are posting the hashtag #MeToo on Twitter and Facebook.

It was started by actress Alyssa Milano. Sunday night, she posted the call to action on Twitter, and within hours responses flooded social media.

The goal is to expose the magnitude of the problem.

Numerous celebrities joined in the conversation, as well as thousands of other women and men from around the globe.

"I think it's super important, because a lot of the times we don't realize how many shared experiences we have," Bakersfield resident Kassandra Hernandez said. "It's a form of empowerment when you start realizing that other people are experiencing the same thing."

"A lot of times it is men and maybe they don't want to talk about it because they won't be believed for x, y, z reasons," Hernandez said. "Even having the fact that there are also men experiencing it, hopefully it would shed some light on the stereotypes we have on both men and women."

This movement comes in wake of the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal.

Local support for sexual assault survivors can be found at the Kern County Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault.

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