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Six in ten Brits think we are more open to talking about sexual harassment as a result of the global movement

The phrase ‘Me Too’ was coined by social activist Tarana Burke to raise awareness of sexual harassment and assault, but exploded into the mainstream when Actress Alyssa Milano tweeted #MeToo to her millions of followers in October last year.

Tens of millions of people have used the hashtag since then and a series of public figures have been accused of sexual harassment and assault. Many directly attribute victims finding the courage to come forward to the campaign - sometimes after many years of silence.

Majority of Brits think #MeToo has made us more open to talking about sexual harassment

Six in ten Britons (60%) say that the movement has made people more open to talking about sexual harassment. Just 2% think it has made us less open.

A third of women (35%) think the movement has made people ‘a lot’ more open, compared to a quarter of men (26%). Among those who have heard of the hashtag, older demographics are almost equally as likely as younger people to think it has made people more open to talking about sexual harassment (58% vs 60% of the population).

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