Filipinos join #MeToo anti-sexual harassment campaign

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 17) — Some Filipinos rallied on social media against sexual harassment and assault.

This follows "#MeToo" tweets of women letting the world know they have been victims, a campaign that started Monday.

It was a response to the latest rape accusation against American film producer Harvey Weinstein. Hollywood star Rose McGowan is the fourth woman who said she was raped by the disgraced mogul.

Actress Alyssa Milano on Monday encouraged women to take a stand. She tweeted a note that read: "Suggested by a friend: 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."

Filipino actress Saab Magalona retweeted Milano.

Men and women shared their harrowing experiences with their offenders. They were groped, catcalled, harassed at work, in school, or in public utility vehicles.

Others voiced their support for the campaign.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), sexual harassment is "any unwanted or uninvited sexual attention that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment in the school or workplace."

It comes in many forms – ogling, inappropriate touches, and other obscene remarks and gestures.

A 2016 survey by the Social Weather Stations revealed three in five women in Quezon City have experienced sexual harassment at least once in their life, most of which happen in public transport.

Even more alarming, one in seven said they were harassed at least once every week over the past year.

One in two did nothing after the incident, out of fear or for believing "nothing would happen anyway."

Under Republic Act 7877 or the "Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995," instances of sexual harassment and assault should be reported to employers or school authorities. They are mandated by law to take immediate action, or be held liable.