CNN: For some, #MeToo sexual assault stories trigger trauma not empowerment

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It only took two words to open the floodgates: “Me too.”

Since actress Alyssa Milano asked those who have been sexually harassed or assaulted to use the phrase on social media Sunday, Twitter says that over 1.2 million tweets have used #MeToo, while Facebook has had millions more.

“I’m not surprised by how many people are posting about it,” said clinical psychologist Sarah Lowe, who studies long-term psychological consequences of traumatic events at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

“Generally studies say one in four women have been sexually assaulted in their lifetime, and one in ten men,” added Lowe, “and those numbers definitely underestimate the problem, considering the hesitation by many to report sexual assault.”

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