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Local advocacy groups discuss impact of #MeToo

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#MeToo began trending on social media after a celebrity posted a note on Twitter, asking women who have been sexually harassed to share their stories.

Alli O’Malley is the CEO of RESOLVE in Rochester, an organization that works to end violence against women. O’Malley said the hashtag is starting conversation about the topic.

“Women have become desensitized because it’s so frequent; it’s so common that you are on the receiving end of some sort of inappropriate sexual remark or touching,” O’Malley said.

She says sexual harassment doesn’t just happen to celebrities.

“It’s everywhere,” O’Malley said. “It’s in work places, it’s in elementary schools, in junior high schools, and high schools.”

O’Malley said women aren’t the only ones who can use the hashtag to make a point. Many men are coming forward on social media too and she hopes it continues.

“We need you to hear us,” O’Malley said. “We need you to recognize this is happening to every woman you know.”

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