The #MeToo hashtag has been used across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram millions of times, and has sparked a revolution in our society. Though celebrities have opened up about their history of being sexually abused, this hashtag has also empowered everyday women and men to open up about their own experiences. We’ve compiled some of the most public instances of the #MeToo hashtag being used by public figures, especially former child stars. You can see the full timeline here.
Civil rights activist Tarana Burke first coins the term “Me Too” to raise awareness of sexual abuse and assault in American society.
Harvey Weinstein faces first public accusations of sexual harassment by actress Ashley Judd. Weinstein would later face at least 85 accusations.
Actor James Van Der Beek tweeted about being assaulted by “older, powerful men” when he was a child star.
Actress Alyssa Milano sparks “#MeToo” movement on Twitter, and it quickly goes viral with hundreds of thousands of others sharing their "Me too" stories.
Actress America Ferrera opens up about her history of being sexually assaulted when she was 9 years old.
Actress Molly Ringwald writes an op-ed about the sexual harassment and abuse she suffered as a teenager.
Gymnast McKayla Maroney accuses US Olympics doctor Lawrence Nassar of sexual assault; Nassar would later be found guilty on several counts of sexual abuse.
Actor Anthony Rapp publicly accuses Kevin Spacey of making sexual advances toward him when Rapp was 14.
An investigative piece is published in The Washington Post, detailing then-Senate nominee Roy Moore’s history of preying on underage girls.
Theater prodigy Gary Goddard is accused by seven men of sexually assaulting them when they were boys.