A Victory for the #MeToo Movement

October 2017 a movement began. Women and others began speaking out by using #MeToo in order to show just how many individuals have been affected by sexual assault. A Tweet on Sunday by Alyssa Milano read; If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem", by Monday morning the hash tag had been used more than 200,000 times. On October 5th, the New York Times released an expose with claims of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein Over the years dozens of women have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and rape, and today he finally faced charges for his crimes. The Manhattan DA's office charged Weinstein with first - and third-degree rape, as well as committing a criminal sexual act in the first-degree. The charges were filed as a result of two specific cases, one from 2013 and the other 2004. One case is allegedly from allegations form Lucia Evans, who says Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in his Tribeca office. The name of the rape victim has not been released, and the grad jury expects there will be testimony from more women. Weinstein's attorney, Benjamin Brafman, issued a statement regarding the plea; "Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in non-consensual sexual behavior with anyone. Nothing about today's proceedings changes Mr. Weinstein's position. He has entered a plea of not guilty and fully expects to be exonerated". This is progress for the #MeToo as many women have come forward and many men have stepped down form their positions of power but Weinstein is the first to be brought up on charges.