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Research Letter
December 21, 2018

Internet Searches for Sexual Harassment and Assault, Reporting, and Training Since the #MeToo Movement

Author Affiliations
  • 1Health Equity Research Lab, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 2Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla
JAMA Intern Med. 2019;179(2):258-259. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.5094

On October 15, 2017, following the public accusations of sexual harassment and assault against film producer Harvey Weinstein, actress Alyssa Milano encouraged victims to bring the taboo topic out of the shadows by sharing their own stories on social media. #MeToo was tweeted 300 000 times the day after Milano’s post and generated widespread support with scores of accusations made against media, political, and business leaders, giving voice to previously unheard victims.1 However, the implications for the victims whose perpetrators are not public figures is unknown. To fill this knowledge gap, we examined how internet searches for sexual harassment and/or assault changed following #MeToo.2

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