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After More Than 500K Women Tweeted #MeToo, Men Are Responding With 4 Words

On Sunday, actress Alyssa Milano asked women across the internet to share the words “me, too” to bring light to a phenomenon experienced by women around the world: sexual assault and harassment. 

Within 24 hours of her post, more than 500,000 women had tweeted messages using the hashtag — and the campaign spread to other social media platforms, including Facebook and Instagram. 

Today, men are responding to the call with four words: “How I will change.”

The #HowIWillChange hashtag was started by Sydney-based TV screenwriter, journalist and newspaper columnist Benjamin Law, Mashable reports

“Guys, it's our turn,” Law wrote on Twitter. “After yesterday's endless #MeToo stories of women being abused, assaulted and harassed, today we say #HowIWillChange.”

Law also suggested several ways men can be allies to women, including donating to local women’s shelters and supporting UN Women’s work around the world; acknowledging that friends and family can be perpetrators of sexual assault; and taking action to prevent sexual assault, rather than simply questioning it. 

The response to Law’s tweet, from men and women alike, was overwhelmingly positive: 

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Sexual assault and harassment in the United States, and around the world, is prevalent. 

In the United States, an estimated one in five women experience sexual assault at college, and at some schools that number is as high as one in two. Still, many more cases go unreported. 

One in three women reported having experienced sexual harassment at work, according to a 2015 study

The World Health Organization estimated that 35% of women around the world have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime — amounting to over 1 billion women worldwide. 

Global Citizen campaigns on ending sexual violence against women. You can take action here

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Men can play an important role in preventing sexual assault and dismantling the culture that allows (and often encourages) it to happen. 

Former US Vice President Joe Biden, speaking to students at George Mason University earlier this year, warned about this dynamic. 

“Rape and sexual assault are not about sex,” he said. “They’re about power.”

He called on men and women to “help [sexual assault]survivors in any way they can.” 

Read More: Joe Biden Shared a Powerful PSA About Sexual Assault That Everyone Needs to See

Now, more men are calling on their peers to do more to prevent sexual assault and harassment. Here are some of their responses: