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Life Crisis Center offers support as #MeToo Campaign takes off

Life Crisis Center offers support as...

SALISBURY, Md. - If you've been on Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen a simple hashtag that reads me too. 

That simple hashtag is now sparking a national conversation. 

Millions of women and men are sharing their experience with sexual harassment and assault.

Actress Alyssa Milano actually started the movement on Twitter, allowing victims to share their personal stories. 

All of this triggered by sexual abuse allegations against film mogul Harvey Weinstein. 

47 ABC met with a marketing professor at Salisbury University, Paula Morris, to talk about the power behind social media.

Social media can be a great forum to realize that we're not alone. Even a simple hashtag like "me too" gives everyone a common voice. 

Morris says hashtags are a great way to track and build on what’s trending. If a hashtag can give people something to grab onto and relate to it then becomes a movement.

And that hashtag has done just that, it's created a movement across social media. 

Because local matters, we spoke to Life Crisis Center in Wicomico County about this new campaign.

Life Crisis Center says everyone reacts to trauma differently causing them to be ashamed or afraid.

"When other victims and survivors begin to speak out, I believe some other survivors feel empowered to speak up, they feel like they're not the only one," Life Crisis Center's trauma therapist, Demetra Copeland, tells 47 ABC. 

Over 12 million "me too" posts on Facebook and 650,000 tweets flooding social media all in a span of 24 hours. 

Copeland says, "Many times survivors just want this to go away and they don't want talk about it. Sometimes they may feel like they can deal with it on their own so they keep silent about it or they've been told to keep silent about it."

But #MeToo is giving victims a voice. Many may feel isolated when trauma takes place. But this simple hashtag is making victims feel like they are apart of something bigger than themselves.  

It's more than tweets or posts, it's about having this conversation and breaking the cycle. 

Life Crisis Center provides support and therapy, if you or anyone you know needs it. 

Their hotline number is 410-749-HELP and they are available 24 hours a day.


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